James Bond’s producers have said that the next instalment of the franchise will be more sensitive and include bigger roles for women.
The producers explained that Craig ‘cracked Bond open emotionally’ and this is something that they want to continue with the character going forward.
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Broccoli added: “Bond is evolving just as men are evolving. I don’t know who’s evolving at a faster pace.”
She went on to explain how the role of Bond women changed during Craig’s tenure as 007.
This began with the character of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in 2006’s Casino Royale, who was presented as an equal rather than just a love interest.
Broccoli and Wilson’s aim going forward is to continue to humanise the ‘once-womanising spy’ and ensure ‘more fulfilling, meatier roles’ for its female stars.
One actor who recently removed himself from the running, despite constantly being discussed as the man to replace Craig, is Idris Elba.
The Luther star recently appeared on the podcast The Shop and addressed the rumours, commenting: “It is not a goal for my career.
“I don’t think that, you know, playing Bond will satisfy some of my personal goals.
“It will definitely satisfy the will of a nation. I’m not gonna lie, every corner of the world I go to, and I’m talking about different cultures, they always go ‘Bond’, and I feel it is beyond me at this junction.
“It’s beyond me. You know, it’s not a question of, should I, do I, will I. It is what the will of the nation dictates sometimes.
“I’m not that guy, but in everyone’s world I might be.”
The producers of James Bond, who have been involved with the franchise since 1995’s Goldeneye, said they understand why Elba does not want the role.
Wilson started by saying ‘he’s great’ and Broccoli followed ‘we love Idris’.
Broccoli continued: “The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off, and when we cast Bond, it’s a 10-12-year commitment.
“So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ not everybody wants to do that. It was hard enough getting [Daniel Craig to do it].”
All 25 James Bond films are currently available to watch on Amazon Prime.
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