Producer – James Bond will remain male

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The producer of the James Bond films has ruled out making the character female after Daniel Craig’s departure.

“No Time To Die” which will be released in April, marks Craig’s final outing as 007, and his replacement has not yet been announced.

Producer Barbara Broccoli reportedly told Variety: “James Bond can be of any colour, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. 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.”

According to the BBC, the forthcoming Bond film will see actress Lashana Lynch play a female 00 agent after Craig’s Bond has left active service.

Lynch was seen in character for the first time in the trailer, reigniting the conversation about whether James Bond himself could be re-cast as a woman for the next film.