New James Bond Will Be More Sensitive And Have Bigger Roles For Women, Producers Say

The producers behind the James Bond franchise have said that the next instalment will be ‘more sensitive’ and promise bigger roles for women.
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James Bond’s producers have said that the next instalment of the franchise will be more sensitive and include bigger roles for women.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson discussed the future of the long-running series with Variety now that Daniel Craig has stepped down from the role.

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. 

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The role of James Bond is one of the most sought-after roles in acting, with the likes of Tom Holland, Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, and Luke Evans all having their name mentioned as the next 007.

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.”

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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].”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.