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Beloved Oscar winner is desperate to be cast as M in the new Bond
Photo: © ANP

Beloved Oscar winner is desperate to be cast as M in the new Bond

Beloved Oscar winner is desperate to be cast as M in the new Bond
Photo: © ANP

The producers of James Bond are busy finding their replacement for  Daniel Craig, so they can be forgiven for not thinking about other roles that need to be cast just yet.

Following Craig's retirement as 007 following No Time to Die, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have working tirelessly to find their new leading man, who will take the franchise into the next era.

Names like Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, James Norton and Damson Idris remain in the frame.

But, should they be looking for a new 'M' - one Oscar winner has put her name in the hat...

Olivia Colman.

In an interview with British Vogue, Colman was asked about her alleged comparisons with Judi Dench, and she replied:

"What! I’ve never heard that . Oh, I love that! Well, I’ve got short hair. Oh, my God! The amount of time I have wanted to be M. I’m not sure who I need to call… I know, I met once. I wanted to go, ‘Can I be M?’ I must try to be cooler about it. Maybe she reads Vogue? Put that bit in."

The character of M, Bond's boss, was most recently played by Dench and then Ralph Fiennes.

It is unclear at this point whether Fiennes will continue or whether a new M will be appointed. And we can't think of anyone better than Olivia.

Could a woman direct the next Bond?

Sam Mendes, who has directed two movies in the James Bond franchise, believes a woman should direct the next instalment in the series.

"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.”

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