Daniel Craig doesn’t believe James Bond should get a gender makeover.
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In a new interview, the 53-year-old actor, who is set to reprise his role as Bond in the upcoming film “No Time to Die,” chimed in on the prospect of the iconic spy character being played by a woman in the future.
“The answer to that is very simple,” Craig told Radio Times. “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
While the English actor will portray Bond for the fifth time in the latest installment, “No Time to Die” will also include actress Lashana Lynch as an agent that also has the code name 007.
Lynch will play Nomi, a spy who takes over James Bond’s 007 code name after he goes into exile following the events of the previous Bond film, “Spectre.”
The new movie was co-written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag,” “Killing Eve”), who Lynch worked with closely to ensure that her character was bringing a “fresh female perspective” to the franchise.
Craig disclosed how Waller-Bridge’s talent really helped “spice” up his character and the film.
“She’s got devilish humour. Her influence permeates a lot of this film,” he told Radio Times. “She walked that fantastic line of keeping it as a thriller and being very funny. But Phoebe didn’t come in to change Bond. She came in to spice it up for sure, but she’s a Bond fan – she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction.”
After multiple delays due to the pandemic, “No Time to Die” will finally hit theaters on October 8, 2021.
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