Daniel Craig has made his final appearance as James Bond in No Time To Die, which has naturally spurred speculation as to who will fill the role of the iconic British spy in future installments of the timeless franchise. In an interview with Girls on Film, producer Barbara Broccoli, best known for her work on the Bond films, opened up about what type of person they would and would not consider for the role.
Broccoli first shot down the idea of a woman taking up the role, saying instead that she'd prefer that a new character be created for a woman to play, rather than just gender-flipping Bond. However, when asked about the possibility of Bond becoming nonbinary, the producer said she was open to that prospect.
"Who knows," said Broccoli, "I think it's open, you know? We just have to find the right actor."
Ultimately, the most important thing to Broccoli, regardless of race or gender, is that the actor is British.
"The only time we haven't done that was with George Lazenby, who was Australian, but I think British is the key thing. British, as we know, can be many, many things," she said.
So who exactly is in the running to fill Craig's shoes now that he's ended his tenure as 007? While no one has been announced yet, there's already been plenty of speculation as to who could (and should) step into the role next. Names bandied about have included Idris Elba, Rege-Jean Page, Henry Golding, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, and Lashana Lynch, among others. But Broccoli's openness to casting a nonbinary actor changes things.
That could mean stars such as Olly Alexander, Cara Delevingne, and Emma Corrin would be considered -- any of them taking up the super-spy mantle would leave audiences both shaken and stirred.