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With Daniel Craig leaving the 007 franchise following the release of Cary Fukunaga’s Bond 25 in April 2020, all eyes are already focusing on who will be tapped to fill the actor’s shoes and lead the next era of Bond movies. Names such as Idris Elba and Richard Madden continue to be rumored, although some actors such as Elizabeth Banks and Gillian Anderson have proposed gender-flipping the character and introducing the world’s first female Bond. Eva Green, a 007 icon having played Vesper Lynd in Craig’s first Bond movie “Casino Royale,” believes wherever Bond goes next the character should remain played by a man.

 

“I’m for women, but I really think James Bond should remain a man,” Green told Vanity Fair on the “Dumbo” red carpet. “It doesn’t make sense for him to be a woman. Women can play different types of characters, be in action movies, and be superheroes, but James Bond should always be a man and not be Jane Bond. There is history with the character that should continue. He should be played by a man.”

 

Green’s opinion is similar to that of Rachel Weisz, who gained attention in February 2018 for saying women should create their own action movie opportunities instead of settling for playing a pre-existing character. As Weisz said, “[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”

 

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https://www.indiewire.com/2019/03/eva-green-james-bond-played-by-man-not-woman-1202051236/

 

 

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Right. A Jane Bond will have to deal with the unnecessary and unsurmountable anxiety of washing herself clean from the legacy whilst still paying homage to it. 

 

A fresh, new character can circumvent all of this - but honestly, the problem is appeal. For better or for worse, people will watch Jane Bond. It will cause massive discussions and discomfort, and if the stars align and it balances the aforementioned, then it can have its own trilogy or even more. 

 

A fresh new IP like that could barely hope to warrant a sequel. Where's Salt 2? She's obv not a female James Bond (more of a Bourne) but you get my point. 

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"James Bond" is literally a code name.

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I mean :michael:

 

Why is it so hard to make an original female/poc character with an original story for a new franchise if they want it so much

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She made several points 

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Just now, adelegend said:

"James Bond" is literally a code name.

It’s not. 007 is the code name. His parents are Bonds. As seen in their graves in Skyfall. 

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shes right :fan:

 

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she's right. 

women don't need to jump on characters created for men.

they can have their own and deserve that tbh.

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Let's completely change his character to make him female. Why not introduce another agent in the film? I agree with some things but this is a decades long franchise surrounding a male agent.

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I agree, James Bond is a fictional male character.  Jane Bond could be a cute spin-off I suppose, but I can't help but feel like at that point you might as well make an entirely original female badass character.

 

This would be like having Super Maria Sisters or something lol

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Imagine caring about the gender of a fictional character. 

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She’s completely right

 

James Bond is a male character and that’s that. It would be better if they introduced a different female spy in a James Bond movie and then did a spin off with her.

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I can see her points but I also want Gillian Anderson play James Bond. So, electric chair

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James Bond does not work as a woman  :michael:

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Agreed.

 

Just introduce a female agent and then have a spin off

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I don't even understand how this is a conversation lmao. James Bond is a MAN it would make 0 sense for it to suddenly be a woman

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I can't believe people are even actually discussing about this. :rip:

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