The ever-changing Bond odds have been the topic of conversation in recent weeks. Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of James Bond last year following the release of No Time To Die. And since then, many actors have been suggested as good candidates to take over from the actor.
Included in this list are a number of actresses, including Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, and many more.
But one crucial person from Bond’s history is against a woman taking over from Craig.
Ana de Armas joined the James Bond franchise in No Time To Die as Paloma, a young agent on her first mission.
She joined Bond in a brief but action-packed scene in Cuba where she outplayed 007 in a battle against Spectre.
But de Armas doesn’t think she – or any other woman – should take over as Bond now Craig has stepped down.
“There’s no need for a female Bond,” she said in a new interview.
de Armas has a booming career at the moment. Not only did she star in No Time To Die, but she also joined Craig in Knives Out and Ben Affleck in Deep Water.
Speaking about a female Bond, she said: “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.” (Via The Sun)
She went on to hit out at the female characters that currently feature in the Bond universe.
Barbara Broccoli, one of the Bond bosses, recently spoke out about the gender of 007.
She said: “James Bond can be of any colour, but he is male.”
The 62-year-old boss added: “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
Former Bond himself Craig agreed, as well.
Last year Craig said: “The answer to that is very simple: There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
And even Craig’s wife, Rachel Weisz, agrees.
She said in 2018: “Why not create your own story rather than jumping onto the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?”
The 52-year-old added: “Women are really fascinating and interesting, and should get their own stories.”
James Bond No Time To Die is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.