James Bond could soon be using they/them pronouns on the big screen — at least according to the woman who co-owns the rights to the franchise, who isn’t ruling out the possibility.
Producer Barbara Broccoli — who controls all things Bond via her film company, Eon Productions, alongside her brother — did an interview with Anna Smith of the “Girls on Film” podcast … and the debate over Bond being a woman was once again brought up.
Smith asked if she still felt JB needed to be a man going forward, and Broccoli again said yes. She reiterated her point about not forcing a gender-bending switch for characters that are traditionally male (like Bond) and said new ones simply needed to be written for females.
Then … a curveball. Smith asked if Bond could, perhaps, be non-binary … and Broccoli didn’t shut down the idea outright. She replied, “Who knows, I think it’s open, you know? We just have to find the right actor.”
To be frank, it doesn’t sound like Broccoli was eagerly jumping at the idea, and she had said right before that … she thinks Bond will be a man in the future. Still, it’s interesting she even entertained the idea.
One thing she did say 007 could be … a POC. She just wants Bond to be British, and to have XY chromosomes. Everything else about the character, it seems, is open to discussion.
Of course, many are hearing this news about a possible non-binary Bond … and groaning. Meanwhile, others think it’s pretty rad that this old-timey character could get with the times.