Daniel Craig became the sixth actor to bring James Bond to life in 2006 with “Casino Royale.” His stepping down from the post opens up the path for another actor to write his name in the franchise’s history. Or is it time for someone to write her name? According to Craig, the character should always be portrayed by a male actor, as he told Radio Times magazine in September. “The answer to that is very simple. 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?” Craig said.
James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli echoed Craig’s opinion in a 2020 interview with Variety. “He can be of any color, 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,” She said.
Lashana Lynch herself told The Guardian that she has no interest in being James Bond, though she believes different. “We are in a place in time where the industry is not just giving audiences what it thinks the audience wants … With Bond, it could be a man or woman,” She said.