‘There is no need’ for a woman to play James Bond

The name will always be Mr. being bonded.

Ana de Armas doesn’t think a woman should play the next James Bond, but she does want Bond girls to be written as “substantial” roles.

“There is no need for a female Bond,” the actress told The Sun in an interview published Tuesday. “It shouldn’t be necessary to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take it over.”

She continued, “This is a novel and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s in.”

Instead, 34-year-old de Armas believes that women who will star in future Bond films should play characters that are more rounded and layered.

“What I would like is for the female roles in the Bond films, while Bond will remain a man, to be brought to life in a different way,” she said, adding: “That they get a more substantial role and recognition. I find that more interesting than turning things around.”

Ana de Armas on a red carpet.
The actress believes that future Bond girls should have more “substantial” roles.

De Armas famously appeared in Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, “No Time to Die,” in which she only had five minutes of screen time, despite being heavily publicized as a star in the 2021 film.

Daniel Craig in "No time to die."
De Armas played Paloma in the 2021 Bond film “No Time to Die” alongside Daniel Craig.
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She played CIA agent Paloma, who teams up with Bond on a mission in Havana while wearing a sexy backless dress with a dangerous plunging neckline.

Although her cameo was quick, de Armas received praise for her performance.

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