Is James Bond non-binary? Barbara Broccoli trolled after dropping 'bombshell'
After raging speculations that the next James Bond will be a woman, now a producer has hinted that the debonair British spy might identify as 'non-binary' in future movies of the franchise. While addressing rumors that the role of Bond might be essayed by a woman in the upcoming movies, producer Barbara Broccoli shockingly teased that a future Bond might be 'non-binary' who uses the pronoun them/they. While James Bond aka 007 has always been identified as a suave, smart, hypermasculine, and womanizer male character, the latest claim opens a lot of doors.
Broccoli made the claim on the 'Girls On Film' podcast while talking about the hunt for a future Bond. In the past, Broccoli has refuted the idea of a female bond just to "please feminists". "Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male. And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women," she had said in 2018. Actor Daniel Craig donned the role in the past few films, filling the shoes for his predecessors like Sean Connery, Piers Brosnan, Roger Moore, and others. Craig's last film as Bond happens to be 'No Time To Die' which released in September 2021.
Barbara Broccoli controls the 007 franchise through her production company Eon Production. In the latest interview, Broccoli emphasized why she thought James Bond should always be a male character. "..Because I don't think that we should be making films where women are playing men. I think we should be making more films about women. I think Bond will be a man."
However, talking to host Anna Smith, she further added that someday the production and the audience might open up to the idea of a non-binary Bond. As Smith suggested, "Non-binary, perhaps, maybe one day?" Broccoli responded saying, "Who knows? I mean, I think it's open. We just have to find the right actor."
She also fielded the idea that the next Bond might not be white but will likely be British. "We want the actor to be British… and British, as we know, can be many things." Besides Broccoli, another Hollywood producer said, "Bond has to adapt to the times but a non-binary 007 might be hard for fans to accept."
However, hardcore Bond fans are not quite happy with the idea of a non-binary avatar for her favorite spy characterized by his masculine sex appeal.
"Bond would be over then . No need to drag all the various whatever you choose to be into normal chain of successful bond films. Woke will fail. I hope they never make another one," a fan vehemently slammed the idea.
Another said, "I'm glad I was watching Bond In the 60s and 70s then the films were fun," while a third fan commented, "I won't be watching it if that's the case."
"Oh for goodness sake! The world's gone mad!" a fourth one expressed. The comments were made on the DailyMail article which brought forward the bombshell news that seems to have shaken the very idea of "The name is Bond, James Bond."