Why Daniel Craig doesn’t think James Bond should be played by a woman

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22 Sep 2021, 07:36

Daniel Craig. Credit: Getty

Daniel Craig. Credit: Getty

With his final film as James Bond set to finally arrive in cinemas, Daniel Craig has given his thoughts on who should play 007 next, and has admitted that he doesn’t think the role should be given to a woman. 

However, whilst he thinks his replacement should be a man, the 53-year-old has said that the reason is because women should have better roles written for them.

Following speculation regarding whether Bond could in the future be female, in an interview with Radio Times Craig said: “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”

The much-delayed new Bond film, No Time To Die, will introduce the first female 00 agent, played by Lashana Lynch. The movie also features the sharp script-writing talent of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge. “She’s got devilish humour. Her influence permeates a lot of this film,” Craig said of the writer.

As is always the case, the identity of the new Bond is shrouded in secrecy. Idris Elba has been mooted as a potential new 007 for some time now, while Homeland star Damian Lewis is also one of the favourites. Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are also possible contenders. 

Meanwhile, Daniel Craig has said an emotional farewell to his role as the world’s most famous tuxedo-wearing spy. In a recent clip, the actor told crew members on No Time To Die: “I’ve loved every single second of these movies, and especially this one, because I’ve got up every morning and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys. And that has been one of the greatest honours of my life.”

No Time To Die will be released in UK cinemas on September 30th.