James Bond producer reveals gender of next 007

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Mrs Broccoli has however drawn the line at the Martini aficionado being a woman, saying that although MI5 operative can be "any colour", he nevertheless "is male".

No details have been given over who could replace Craig as Bond. "I'm that. I'm that messy.' That's what felt so attractive, on top of what she's actually doing in the story, which is another step toward giving women a more powerful and strong place in the films".

Broccoli oversees the franchise with her half-brother Michael G Wilson.

The upcoming No Time To Die will be the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig's last outing as 007, and there has been speculation that his successor will be a woman.

"I think women are far more interesting than that", she added. "We take that responsibility seriously".

Pierce Brosnan's final Bond film, 2002's Die Another Day, was a financial success but was criticised for pushing the boundaries of realism. Broccoli recounts the criticism of Die Another Day, specifically the giant space laser and the invisible auto as "too fantastical" and that they "had to come back to Earth". We can probably guess that the campy, overly fantastical events of past films isn't going to be coming back anytime soon. The closest we got was the original Casino Royale, which was more of a Bond spoof than anything else. "Daniel's acting was terrific, but he wasn't a pretty-boy".

Craig had originally indicated he would not return to the series, but agreed to film one more after speaking with Broccoli. The answer is no, as it turns out, at least not while Barbara Broccoli is in charge. "It's not in her wheelhouse. And then she was just persistent and came to me with some ideas, which we started formulating, and I got excited again".



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