Television heart-throb James Norton has been tipped to be the next James Bond — but could the War & Peace star be the wrong sex and colour?
For producer Barbara Broccoli, who is in charge of the highly lucrative spy series, has dropped a big hint that 007 could next be played by a black or female actor.
Barbara, 57, whose father Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli turned Ian Fleming’s espionage novels into the world’s biggest spy film franchise, was asked if we could expect to see a female Bond or a black 007.
‘These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit,’ she replied. ‘Anything is possible.
‘Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?’
Daniel Craig, 49, declared in 2015 that he would rather ‘slash his wrists’ than play 007 again, but was persuaded last year to do one final mission
Once Daniel Craig is done, the next James Bond could be a woman or person of color. Daniel Craig is returning to play James Bond one final time in the as yet untitled Bond 25, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019. With his days as the international spy numbered, many are now looking ahead to potential replacements for Craig in the role of Agent 007. Among other things, many people have been calling for the next Bond to be someone other than a white man.
There have been several suggestions for who should take over as James Bond after Craig, but no one has been fan-cast more than Idris Elba. Despite the persistent efforts by fans, Elba says he’s never been contacted about the role, and doubts he will ever play the part. Theron, who has been more frequently fan-cast as the new Bond since her turn in the spy thriller Atomic Blonde, has said that she would even prefer the role go to someone like Elba, rather than herself.