Sam Mendes, who has directed two movies in the James Bond franchise, believes the next instalment in the series should be directed by a woman.
Following the disappointing reception that Quantum of Solace received, Mendes took the reins of 007 and directed Skyfall and Spectre to enormous commercial success, while the former is considered one of the best entries in the history of the franchise.
A new director will come in, too, and Mendes wants to see Bond from a female perspective.
"I don’t envy Barbara having to follow Daniel’s five movies," he told Deadline.
"He reinvigorated the franchise but the franchise is so huge that it’s very difficult for a younger actor to step into that.
“I think that the actor playing Bond is going to evolve, the director has to evolve. I think it would be wonderful to see a woman directing Bond. I think it would be wonderful.”
Who will be the next James Bond?
For almost a decade, Idris Elba has been considered to be the front-runner to replace Craig as the next James Bond. However, it now seems like the casting won't materialise, while Elba himself is getting sick of being asked about it.
“I have no more answers for it," he previously said on the Jemelle Hill is Unbothered podcast.
"I just tell people, ‘Aw, don’t ask me that.’ Because a lot of times it’s really lazy journalism. And people try to use it as clickbait like ‘what’s he gonna say this time?’ I try to say the same things.
“Every now and then, I’ll give them some philosophy on why I don’t want to do it or why it’s a rumour. But most times now, I tend not to talk about it.”
He subsequently ruled himself out of the running, though a recent public poll showed that the people of the UK still want him in the role.
The current favourite for the role is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, while other names in the mix are Damson Idris Tom Hardy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Norton, Rege-Jean Page, Kit Harrington and Riz Ahmed.
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