James Bond producer 'not interested' in female 007

Producer Barbara Broccoli attends the Mayfair Gala & European Premiere of "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" during the 61st BFI London Film Festival on October 11, 2017 in London, England. (Tim P. Whitby/ Getty Images for BFI)

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James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has insisted she has no plans to make 007 a woman.

Fans have made no secret of their desire to see a female actress cast in the role of the iconic British secret service agent, but in an interview with Variety Broccoli insisted a gender swap is not an option.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she said of how she and half-brother and co-producer Michael G. Wilson will approach casting Daniel Craig’s replacement following 2020’s No Time to Die.

She continued: “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.”

While Broccoli may not want a female actress to front a James Bond movie, the upcoming flick does feature a female 007, in the form of British actress Lashana Lynch’s character Nomi – who takes over his codename when Bond is in retirement.

Craig’s fifth and final outing in the franchise, with 17-year-old Billie Eilish providing the theme song, debuts in theatres April 3, 2020.

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