The producer of the James Bond films has ruled out making the character female after Daniel Craig's departure.
No Time To Die, which will be released in April, marks Craig's final outing as 007, and his replacement has not yet been announced.
"James Bond can be of any colour, but he is male,"
"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."
The forthcoming Bond film will see actress Lashana Lynch play a female 00 agent after Craig's Bond has left active service.
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Lynch was seen in character for the first time in the trailer, reigniting the conversation about whether James Bond himself could be re-cast as a woman for the next film.
Broccoli oversees the franchise with her half-brother Michael G Wilson. "For better or worse, we are the custodians of this character," she said. "We take that responsibility seriously."
The pair reflected on how the Craig era has altered the direction of the franchise.
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