'James Bond could be a black man or a woman'
Producer Barbara Broccoli says she wouldn't hesistate to break from the traditional depiction of the iconic spy
The makers of the James Bond films are open to having a black actor or a woman play the famous fictional spy. Producer Barbara Broccoli says she wouldn't mind breaking from the tradition that has seen Bond being played by white, middle-aged men. She is open to having a black man or a woman as the next iconic spy once actor Daniel Craig walks away.
"These films tend to reflect the times, so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible. Right now it's Daniel Craig, and I'm very happy with him, but who knows what the future will bring," says Broccoli.
Craig is nearing the end of his tenure playing 007. Ever since the 49-year-old British actor said he would not return to the franchise following the last Bond film Spectre, speculations over his successor have been rife. This, despite him agreeing to reprise the role once again in Bond 25.
It was also rumoured that actor Idris Elba might wear Bond's shoes. However, the actor cleared the air, saying, "It feels like I'm campaigning, and I'm not. At first it was harmless - oh, I know, wouldn't it be great? - and now it's started off racial debates." He says that he is "probably the most famous Bond actor in the world, and I've not even played the role. Enough is enough. I can't talk about it any more."