James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed that the next person to play the iconic spy will be male, despite speculation otherwise.
The upcoming film No time to die is set to be Daniel Craig’s last round as 007 after 14 years in the role, and questions had been raised about whether it was time for a woman to succeed him.
Rumours gained pace when it was revealed that actress Lashana Lynch would be playing a female 00 agent after Craig's Bond has left active service.
Last year, former Bond Pierce Brosnan said it would be “exhilarating” to see a female take the lead.
He said: “I think we've watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there.”
Lashana Lynch will appear in the new film as another 00 agent
However, Broccoli, who has worked on the franchise since she was 17, said the industry should instead create “new characters for women”.
The self-proclaimed “custodian of the character” told Variety magazine that a future 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.”
No time to die will hit UK cinemas on April 2, with 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish confirmed to sing the theme song.
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