This is likely to upset some people, especially knowing that this statement is coming from a female producer, but hear her out. She has reasoning.

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who has been in control of the spy franchise since the '90s, says that as long as she's running things the super spy will always be a man, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli said in a recent interview with Variety. “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.”

Okay, so she wants more women to have their own roles. Not a bad take.

 

After she was cast in the upcoming No Time to Die, fans have speculated that actress Lashana Lynch would succeed Daniel Craig in the role, but she is playing a different secret agent in the film.

Broccoli also said in the interview that she couldn't rule out a future Bond film heading straight to a streaming service like Netflix instead of theaters. "I don’t think we can rule anything out, because it’s the audience that will make those decisions. Not us."

Broccoli also admitted she was "in total denial,” about Daniel Craig retiring from the role. “I’ve accepted what Daniel has said, but I’m still in denial. It’s too traumatic for me.”

No Time to Die is set to come out on April 10.