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‘It’s time for a female James Bond’: Sir Keir Starmer disagrees with Daniel Craig as he wades into debate over next 007

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has declared it’s finally time for a female Bond, after Daniel Craig sips his last martini in No Time To Die.

The latest Bond movie is finally released today after an 18 month delay due to the pandemic, and will be Craig’s last outing as the international spy.

While there’s endless talk of who could replace the 53-year-old, appearing on Good Morning Britain Mr Starmer said: ‘I don’t have a favourite Bond but I do think it is time for a female Bond.’

His comments clash with those made by Craig himself, who recently said Bond didn’t need to be a woman, but rather ‘there should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour’.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was brought on as a writer of No Time To Die agreed, adding: ‘I think Bond is James Bond. We just need to cook up someone to rival him.’

Their thoughts echo that of producer Barbara Broccoli who simply told PA: ‘James Bond is a male character.

Daniel Craig makes his last outing as 007 in No Time To Die
(Picture: MGM)

‘I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women.

‘I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male. And I’m sort of in denial, I would love for Daniel to continue forever.’

While Bond may not be changing gender or sexes anytime soon, casting director Debbie McWilliams told great lengths were taken to ensure the crew for No Time To Die was as diverse as possible.

‘What I thought was highly admirable on this last one is that Barbara Broccoli, and Michael Wilson asked each and every head of department to take on an apprentice at their expense, because they’re so aware of the need for new young blood in the film industry,’ she told us.

‘There just aren’t enough people, and there aren’t enough people from different ethnic backgrounds, for instance.

‘When I first started, and even up until fairly recent times, you never saw anyone other than a white man on the set, and that’s just crazy.’

As for the film itself, has thoughts which you can read in our review here.

No Time To Die is available to watch in cinemas nationwide now. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV. 

Credit: Original article published here.

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