They used to say that "sometimes the best man for a job is a woman." But not when it comes to playing James Bond, apparently.
In an interview with Variety, published on Wednesday, British franchise producer Barbara Broccoli reiterates that the famed super spy, created by Ian Fleming, will always be played by a man onscreen.
"He can be of any color, but he is male," she said. "I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I'm not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that."
Broccoli had made similar comments in 2018, telling the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, "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."