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James Bond star Daniel Craig has said he doesn’t believe his character should be played by a woman in the next film in the series.
The No Time To Die star will give his final performance as the 007 agent next month, in the most highly-anticipated film in the series.
As he continues to promote the latest movie in the franchise, the 53-year-old star has spoken about the constant conversation surrounding whether Bond could be played by a female actor.
In a new interview, Craig was asked if he would support “a more diverse appointment as his replacement”.
Contemplating the possibility of his character being a woman or a person of colour, Craig's answer was firm.
“The answer to that is very simple," he told Radio Times.
“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, for a woman?” the star added.
His comment comes after executive producer Barbara Broccoli told fans back in 2018 that James Bond would never be reimagined as a woman.
“Bond is male. He’s a male character," she said at the time. “He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.
“And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women."
The producer added: “Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
No Time To Die also features the mysterious and electrifying villain Safin, who will be played by Rami Malek.
Fans have worried No Time To Die could be the end of Bond and that the character will be reincarnated in a different form going forward.
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