James Bond star Daniel Craig has endorsed the terrible idea of handing a woman his license to kill.
The Mirror reports that after he hangs it up next year, Craig is open to handing the role over to anyone “regardless of gender, race and sexual orientation.”
“I think that everybody should be considered,” he said at the launch of Bond 25. “Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board.”
Bond 25 is temporary title of the next 007 installment, which is scheduled for release in April of 2020.
Not counting the outliers, like Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again (1983) or the spoof Casino Royale (1967), which were produced outside Eon Productions and are therefore not considered canon, this upcoming chapter will be the 25th Bond film in the 57-year-old franchise.
For his part, Craig is done after Bond 25, which will be his fifth outing as the iconic British superspy. That makes him the third most prolific Bond after Connery and Moore, who both starred in seven chapters — six for Connery, if you don’t count his renegade Never Say Never Again.
Pierce Brosnan starred in four, Timothy Dalton in two, and George Lazenby one.
So far, Craig has starred in two pretty good Bond outings, an Eon production of Casino Royale in 2006, his first go-round, and 2012’s Skyfall. He has also starred in two of the very worst: 2008’s Quantum for Solace, and the almost as dreadful Spectre (2015), which should have been a no-brainer grand slam.