Executive producer Barbara Broccoli isn’t exactly new to the James Bond franchise. She’s been involved with it for years in fact and is now taking over for her father, Albert Broccoli. And while Broccoli is well aware of the social media debate about the possibility of a female James Bond, Broccoli strangely denies it ever happening:
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. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.
What impresses me the most about Broccoli is she doesn’t feel that Bond should change because the character has a constant element that, while he’s evolved with the times, he’s still James Bond:
[People] reference those early movies. It was written in the 50s, so there’s certain things in [Bond’s] DNA that are probably not gonna change. But look at the way the world has changed. And I think Bond has come through and transformed with the times. I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel [Craig] films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed.
Still, Broccoli has received credit for making the sets of Bond films one of the safest workplaces for women in terms of film sets and, while she denies the idea of a female James Bond, she is all for the possibility of a female director or writer for the series, saying “As a female producer, of course I’d like to do that.”
It seems, for once, a franchise has been allowed to remain as what fans have enjoyed for over 50 years. A rarity in an age where if you choose to support anything older, it’s considered almost a crime. Guess not for James Bond. Stay tuned!