Actress Rachel Weisz says that the 007 agent should remain a male-only role, ahead of husband Daniel Craig’s last James Bond movie.
The 47-year-old Bond wife advised that women ‘should get their own stories’ rather than piggy-back on the tails of the traditional male role.
Speaking with The Telegraph, The Mummy Returns star complimented Bond author Ian Fleming for devoting a lot of his time on creating the 007 character ‘who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women.’
However, she suggested to women who might be gunning for a female Bond: ‘Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?’
She added: ‘Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.’
With Daniel Craig set to hang up his Bond tuxedo after the next 007 movie is released on 8 November 2019, speculation has been at an all time high as to who will play the famous special agent next.
A female Bond hasn’t been entirely ruled out by Bond executive producer Barbara Broccoli, who in 2015 told GQ that she was open to the idea of Bond being a woman.
Even actor Chris Hemsworth suggested a British female could play Bond, whilst also expressing his own enthusiasm at the possibility of playing the iconic role.
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Other stars such as Judi Dench who played M in the movie franchise, and actor Christoph Waltz who played Blofeld in Spectre, both agree with Weisz that Bond should continue to be a male character.
Meanwhile actors Jack Huston, Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Aidan Turner, James Norton, Jamie Bell and Tom Hiddleston have all been rumoured to be next in line for the Bond throne.
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