No other cinematic property ends up so permanently embroiled in some kind of culture war as the James Bond franchise. From as far back as the late 1960s people were lining up to question Bond’s place in the world. Just ask George Lazenby’s agent.

It was talked about by commentators when Fleming was abandoned for You Only Live Twice. When Lazenby was cast and then quit after one movie. When Moore took over the role, particularly in the Live and Let Die to The Spy Who Loved Me period, and again after Moonraker. There was much handwringing when Dalton took over and wanted to return to a Fleming-esque portrayal. They even made it a feature in GoldenEye, and a man forever out of time was the central gag in the spoof Austin Powers movies.


Every time the role is recast, or it goes through one of its semi-regular reboots or reinventions, people queue up to question if the “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” is out of time, completely oblivious to the fact it was here long before they were, and will be likely be here long after they are gone.

The often repeated refrain is that it is time for a lady Bond, or a Bond who is something other than a white male.

Previous attempts at a Lady Bond

No matter how often the producers say that James Bond will never be recast as a woman, culture warriors keep pulling at the thread while movie fans mutter darkly on the internet about it being inevitable.

Now somebody else linked to the franchise has given her opinion. Ana de Armas only had a few minutes screen time in No Time To Die as Paloma, but everyone seems to love what she did with that time.


Out doing the rounds for another spy thriller, The Gray Man, she spoke with Entertainment Weekly and was asked about having a female Bond next time around, now Daniel Craig has left the role. The interviewer might have been expecting a different answer, but de Armas was clear. It is unnecessary:

“There’s no need for a female Bond. There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over. This is a novel, and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s at.”

Last month, Broccoli said that production for the next film is at least two years away if not longer and that the new lead actor will be looked for once they have decided on tone and approach. She said clearly that:

“…nobody’s in the running.”

It is unlikely we will see a new Bond on screen until 2026 at the earliest. This would rule out many current names in the frame for the role as Tom Hardy would be 48, Idris Elba would be 53 and Henry Cavill would be 44. Producers will want at least a 4 movie contract with options to extend. The next 007 is likely to be somebody we have not even heard of today.


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