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“Women should get their own stories”

Racel Weisz on why James Bond should stay a man

Changing the gender of popular characters has become a trend lately, as Thor became a female in the comics and Doctor Who signed on its first female Time Lord. One other franchise that often ignites conversations about potentially changing the gender of the character is the James Bond franchise. Rachel Weisz, who is married to current Bond actor Daniel Craig, recently expressed her feelings on the matter and it doesn't look as if she's Team Female Bond, according to CinemaBlend.

“[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories,” she said.

Weisz isn't the first celebrity to express the idea that Bond is a dude, and should remain a dude, especially because being a womanizer is one of the character's defining characteristics. Roger Moore has stated that James Bond will always be James Bond, and that a 'Jane Bond' would be a very different character. Pierce Brosnan has also said that while Bond could totally change races, he doesn't believe the character will ever change from its male incarnation.

Other people have felt the character could be a female, including Priyanka Chopra, who does heavy action sequences in “Quantico”. Kristen Stewart has even suggested a bait-and-switch, where the audience thinks the girl in the trailer is actually a Bond girl and only finds out later she's the real deal.

Meanwhile, female-led spy stories are on a bit of a roll right now. This past year, Charlize Theron starred in the well-liked “Atomic Blonde” flick, which had some badass action scenes. Jennifer Lawrence is starring in her own spy thriller “Red Sparrow” in 2018, and the trailer already looks impressive. Finally, Blake Lively has her own spy movie “The Rhythm Section” heading to theatres next year, although production on that movie was recently suspended due to Lively sustaining an injury.


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