Daniel Craig would rather see the sky fall than watch James Bond be played by a woman.
The former on-screen James Bond told Radio Times that he thinks there are “better” parts for women to play than James Bond.
“Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?” Craig, 53, said to Radio Times.
Craig’s statement comes the week before the release of the subsequent Bond film “No Time To Die,” which will premiere in theaters on Oct. 8.
His comments echo those of the franchise’s producer Barbara Broccoli, who told Variety in 2020 that “James Bond can be of any color, but he is male.”
She added that she would rather write new characters specifically for women, rather than make the iconic lead role a woman.
“I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters,” she told Variety. “I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
But now, Lashana Lynch could be the next 007.
In “No Time To Die,” the west London actress, 33, will play an M16 agent named Nomi, according to the Guardian, with rumors speculating that she will inherit the 007 title from Bond in the film, making her the first woman to play the well-known agent character.
To Lynch, anyone can play the iconic Bond role because no matter what, audiences will still watch films from the franchise.
“With Bond, it could be a man or woman,” Lynch told the Guardian. “They could be white, black, Asian, mixed race. They could be young or old. At the end of the day, even if a two-year-old was playing Bond, everyone would flock to the cinema to see what this two-year-old’s gonna do, no?”
She added: “We are in a place in time where the industry is not just giving audiences what it thinks the audience wants. They’re actually giving the audience what they want to give the audience.”