The role of James Bond has been linked to numerous actors and actresses, but Rachel Weisz has now insisted the part shouldn’t necessarily go to a woman.
The 47-year-old, who is married to current Bond Daniel Craig, insisted “women should get their own stories” as she spoke out about the constant speculation in a new interview with The Telegraph.
She explained: “[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women.”
“Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
Weisz’s comments come after producer Barbara Broccoli discussed the rumours, insisting she is totally open to having a Bond who isn’t white and perhaps isn’t even a man.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, 57-year-old Broccoli was asked whether we might see a black woman or man take on the character after Craig steps aside.
“These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit,” Broccoli said. “Anything is possible.”
“Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”