The name’s Bond. Jackie Bond…

Pierce Brosnan: “Get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there.”

Is it high time the most famous spy in the world was played by a woman? There have been seven male Bonds since the famous film series was launched 55 years ago. But women can be spies too!

What’s happening

One of the most famous living actors to have played James Bond has caused a row by saying that he believes the people who make the films should hire a woman for the role. He was speaking after the news that the next Bond film, No Time To Die, due out in 3 April next year, would be Daniel Craig’s last.

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The James Bond films are one of the most successful film series ever invented. They make huge amounts of money in ticket sales and whoever gets the prize of playing the hero, agent 007, is paid millions. It is one of the biggest prizes in acting.

Since the films were launched in 1962, there have been 24 in the series, from Dr No to Spectre, and the most famous Bonds have been played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and, recently, Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig has now said that the 25th film will definitely be his last, and the search is on for his replacement.

Among male actors, the main contenders are thought to be Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders).

But there are also some brilliant female actors who want the role. Oscar-winner Olivia Colman has said she would love to play 007.

Some say…

Bond a woman? What a silly idea, many say. James Bond should always be a man. “They are not changing James Bond to a woman!” said TV presenter and journalist Piers Morgan.

“Times may change but the character of James Bond does not change. That’s the whole point of the character,” said another angry fan on Twitter.

Barbara Broccoli, executive producer of the series, told The Guardian, “Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay a male.”

Others think…

Now is the time for a change, say thousands of other fans. Women can even play male roles brilliantly. Just look at Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, for example, or Keira Knightley playing a boy in Pirates of the Caribbean.

So, there is no problem at all with idea of making any part female. Hundreds of famous spies have been women. And many of them are super-athletic and great at shooting guns!

You Decide

  1. Could 007 be ‘Jackie Bond’?

Activities

  1. Noor Inayat Khan was an Indian princess and a British spy during World War Two. Find out more about her, and write a timeline of her life and dangerous missions.

Some People Say...

“If you want something said, hire a man. If you want something done, hire a woman.”

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), former British Prime Minister

What do you think?

Word Watch

James Bond
Fictional spy created in 1953 by British writer Ian Fleming. There are 12 Bond novels and two short story collections. Fleming also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
3 April
The film is due out in the UK on 3 April, and on 8 April in the US.
Daniel Craig
No Time to Die will be his fifth Bond film. Both Sean Connery and Roger Moore played the part of 007 seven times — more than any of the 12 actors to have played the spy.
Contenders
Competitors, rivals.
Olivia Colman
British actress who plays older Elizabeth II in the latest series of The Crown.
Executive producer
One of the top people involved in making a film or TV programme, who is responsible for money and legal issues.
Bob Dylan
American singer-songwriter. His life was the subject of a film, I’m Not There. Six different actors, including Cate Blanchett (the only woman), showed the different sides to Dylan’s public character.

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