The longtime producer of the ‘James Bond’ franchise says the next 007 will be a British man: ‘I don’t think a woman should play James Bond’

No time to die
Daniel Craig as James Bond in ‘No Time to Die’ MGM
  • Barbara Broccoli says the next Bond will be British and a man.
  • “I don’t think a woman should play James Bond,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • “It’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women,” she added.

Producer Barbara Broccoli, the longtime overseer of the “James Bond” franchise, still doesn’t know who is going to fill Daniel Craig’s shoes following his exit as 007 in this year’s “No Time to Die.”

But she knows the next Bond will be British — and a man.

“I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent profile. “I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles.”

“I don’t think there are enough great roles for women,” she continued, “and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women.”

Broccoli, 61, also took a firm stance about what kind of man the next Bond will be: “He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race].” 

Barbara Broccoli with her arm holding Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli. Slaven Vlasic/Getty

After five films as 007, Craig is walking away from the franchise with “No Time to Die” marking his final movie. Many reviews, including Insider’s, called it arguably the best Bond exit ever.There has been speculation for years of who would take the actor’s place, but not until now has Broccoli shared what the future may hold.

“People always ask, ‘Oh, who’s the next James Bond?’ It’s like asking a bride as she’s going up to the altar who’s her next husband going to be,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t really want to think about who is going to be the next person until I absolutely have to.”

For now, however, Broccoli told THR that she wants Craig to take a victory lap.

“I want to let this film play and really celebrate Daniel’s incredible achievement that he has done over 16 years,” she told the trade.