Barbara Broccoli has been one of the lead producers in the Bond franchise for quite some time and when it comes to a new Bond, in her opinion, it has to be a man.
Now this sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Barbara Broccoli said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the next James Bond can be any ethnicity but she doesn’t think it is a good idea for Bond to be a woman.
Her reasons are actually not as nefarious as they may seem at first glance. In her own words,
Broccoli may believe this in order to avoid a strong fan backlash similar to what occurred with Jodie Whittaker’s casting as Doctor Who. While Doctor Who the show is doing fine and Whittaker has managed to win over a section of the fanbase, there is still some vitriol surrounding her casting.
One of the largest criticisms surrounding the situation was that it was a casting decision not based on what was best for the story, but one made in response to the contemporary social and political climate. Ultimately, some people felt it rang hollow. But, in saying that, some fans are always upset when the Doctor gets recast.
Maybe Broccoli is worried about short term backlash and conceding that the next Bond could be a person of colour as a way to mitigate fan backlash on both sides and please everybody. Maybe that’s just my cynicism coming out, but you don’t get to run a massive franchise like James Bond without thinking at least a little cynically.
What do you think? Should it matter if Bond is a woman or is Broccoli right and there should simply be more new roles for women? It might be hard to do that considering everything is a remake of something else right now and most of those roles are male, so who knows?
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