A James Bond producer has opened up about the possibility of the next 007 being non-binary.
Back in October, Daniel Craig ended his longstanding run as James Bond in his fifth outing, No Time to Die.
Since the release of blockbuster, fans have begun to speculate who would be taking over the iconic role.
In a recent interview with the Girls On Film podcast, producer Barbara Broccoli gave her opinions regarding a potential non-binary or female James Bond.
“I don’t think that we should be making films where women are playing men. I think we should be making more films about women and create female characters,” she said. “I think Bond will be a man.”
When asked if the legendary spy could be non-binary, Broccoli said she was open to the idea.
“Who knows? I mean, I think it’s open. We just have to find the right actor,” she said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Broccoli was asked if the character could be played by BIPOC actor to which she responded “absolutely”.
“We want the actor to be British. I think British is kind of the key thing and British, as we know, can be many many things.”
In terms of LGBTQ+ representation, the Bond franchise has slowly introduced queer characters and elements.
In the latest film, fan-favourite character Q (Ben Whishaw) seemingly confirmed that he was queer in a one-off scene.
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While at Q’s home, Bond (Craig) and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) show up to ask for help in meeting Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is in prison.
Q is flustered by their arrival as he is in the middle of preparing a meal for his date, who is a man.
“He’ll be here in 20 minutes,” he tells Bond and Moneypenny as he explains why he can’t help them at that moment.
After the release of the movie, fans speculated that the short scene confirmed that he was part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Before this glimpse into Q’s sexuality, fans have criticised the franchise for its lack of diversity – with Broccoli previously claiming that the studio wanted a scene hinting at Bond being interested in men removed.
The scene in question sees Craig’s 007 being held hostage by Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) as the villain caresses Bond’s chest and thigh.
After Raoul tries to intermediate the spy with his actions, Bond replies: “What makes you think this is my first time?”
In the Apple TV+ documentary Being James Bon, Broccoli revealed that the scene cause a stir amongst studio execs.
“I remember we were told to cut that line by the studio and we said, ‘No, no, no.’ We resisted,” Broccoli revealed in the new Apple TV+ documentary Being James Bond.
She added: “The night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place rocked it then… I remember looking at the studio executive going, ‘See, told you.’”
Listen to Barbara Broccoli’s Girls on Film episode here.