The actor supports a more diverse cast but there are critics who called him an emasculated Bond. There is opposition but there is also support.
Actor Daniel Craig has played the role of James Bond for 13 years and he will soon be stepping down from the role in 2020, after the release of Bond 25. Traditionally, a man has always played the character but now Daniel has lent support to women and African American actors for the role.
The sixth actor to play the role since 2005, he took over from Pierce Brosnan. His first Bond movie was the highest grossing in the series at the time. However, after 13 years of being 007, he's ready to pass on the torch of the suave and charming spy to someone else.
“I think that everybody should be considered,” Craig told The Mirror. “Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board.”
The next installment for the film is in production currently and Oscar-winning Rami Malek will play a villain in the film.
With calls for more diversity in Hollywood, there have been much talks on actor Idris Elba and actresses Emily Blunt and Gillian Anderson being considered to replace Daniel. According to the Wrap, the idea for a female James Bond came about when Gillian Anderson retweeted a mock poster of herself as 007.
There are more actresses, who have played fierce characters in action films, who can take up the role. With the fame Marvel, DC, and Game of Thrones characters have received over the years, the actors playing those roles have also much love from the audience worldwide. Perhaps, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, Scarlett Johansson, Emilia Clarke, and even Maisie Williams could become contenders for the role.
While there are those who clearly want women in this role, there are critics who think this isn't the best idea.
Piers Morgan recently slammed Daniel for making the suggestion.
“Daniel Craig, fresh from papoose-gate, has now decided the next James Bond should probably be a woman. Why shouldn’t James Bond be a woman? Well here are two reasons: name is James Bond there’s a clue in the name and James Bond is a man. James Bond was written as a man. James Bond should remain a man. James Bond is a towering monument of masculinity so why would anyone in the entire world, least of all women who all secretly fantasize about James Bond, now want him to become a woman?” he said during his TV show Good Morning Britain.
He also called Daniel an "emasculated Bond", for which he heavily criticized.
Before Daniel, a former Bond girl Madeline Smith also said that it is time that a woman takes over the role. "I cannot see any reason why ultimately, a woman, a lady, a girl, cannot play the James Bond character.
There have been very talented actresses who have played Bond girls like Halle Berry, Michelle Yeoh, Denise Richards, and Mie Hama. They have played roles as diverse as scientists and spies to evil masterminds. French actress Sophie Marceau masterminded the near destruction of Bond until he emerged a hero at the last moment, like always.
While Daniel Craig romanced Eva Green, and his character has been evolving towards becoming more sensitive instead of just being a macho spy. Do you think the Bond series should consider a woman to play the lead role?