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The world deserve a female James Bond

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17.01.2020

In a recent interview, Barbara Broccoli, a longtime producer of the James Bond franchise, poured water on the idea that the spy could ever be portrayed by a woman.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” Broccoli told Variety. “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’s comments have been met with the approval of some fans, who are apparently convinced that never having a female Bond is a wonderful idea. Indeed, they say, women deserve better than men’s hand-me-downs! They should have their own characters, their own franchises and their own films. Who even cares about Bond?

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I understand the sentiment, but, first of all, it begs the question: why can’t women have both? Must we choose between original — “strong female characters” — and an iconic character at the heart of a beloved franchise? It’s not like male actors have been starved of either. In the Bond film series itself, men get to see themselves reflected both in the suave spy and........

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