After Daniel Craig reportedly turned down his role of James Bond for two more films and departed the franchise, rumors ran rampant about who would fill his patent-leather shoes. A report surfaced this month about Tom Hiddleston possibly stepping in, but now the iconic role could possibly have a gender change.
Both Quantico's Priyanka Chopra and War & Peace's Gillian Anderson may or may not be vying to play "Jane Bond," as the actresses revealed in interviews. Anderson first shook (not stirred) the Internet when she tweeted this over the weekend:
The #NextBond hashtag is an important key here, because it has fueled fan campaigns for Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Tom Hiddleston. Anderson's use of it obviously confirms that she wants to join the club!
As for Chopra? The actress revealed in a Complex interview that she wants the lead role. “But f-ck that—I wanna be Bond," she said in response to people thinking she should play a Bond girl. She then told The Wrap, “I don’t think Bond does too much, he’s just suave and sexy. He rolls out with his martini and fancy cars. Wow, it sounds like my life already.”
So there you have it! It would be interesting to have a female play James Bond, but who would be more suitable? Ever since 1962's Dr. No, the lead role has always been given to an actor from the U.K. (save for 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring Aussie model George Lazenby).
Gillian was born in Chicago but moved to London at a young age, while Priyanka is from India. So if the Bond franchise indeed casts a female lead, they will have to make the tough decision of sticking to their British roots or using a fresh face.