Jaffa Moore, the son of late British actor Roger Moore, has shared his opinion about the possibility of a female James Bond.
He firmly believes that the role of the iconic British spy should only be played by a man.
When asked about the prospect of a female Bond, Jaffa responded by saying, “Well, then it’s no longer James Bond… I mean, she could be 006, 008, or 009…”
He also pointed out that in the most recent Bond film, No Time to Die, the introduction of a female 007 character (played by Lashana Lynch) led to confusion among audiences.
Jaffa suggested that filmmakers should instead create a new character for women, such as a “Jane or Jemima Bond.”
He cited Charlize Theron’s performance in the action film Atomic Blonde as evidence that women can play roles traditionally reserved for men, such as spy thrillers with intense fight sequences.
Jaffa’s stance is similar to that of actor Daniel Craig, who played James Bond in the last five films.
In a 2021 interview with Radio Times, Craig stated, “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
He believes that there should simply be better roles for women and actors of color, rather than trying to change a character’s gender for the sake of diversity.
Craig’s opinion is in line with that of Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.
In a 2019 interview with Good Morning Britain, Broccoli stated, “We have to make movies about women and women’s stories, but we have to create female characters and not just for a gimmick turn a male character into a woman.”
The question of who will take on the role of James Bond next has been a hot topic since Craig announced that he would be stepping down from the role after No Time to Die.
Lashana Lynch, Taron Egerton, and Tom Holland are just a few of the names that have been thrown into the mix. However, only time will tell which direction the franchise will go.
In conclusion, while some may argue that a female James Bond would be a step forward for gender representation in media, others, including Jaffa Moore and Daniel Craig, believe that creating original female characters and better roles for women would be a more effective way to address this issue. Ultimately, it will be up to the filmmakers and producers to decide the direction of the Bond franchise.