James Bond: Could Helen Mirren be the first female 007? Star SPEAKS OUTOn August 3, 2017 by Margot
Since the new Doctor Who was announced as Jodie Whittaker after 50 years of men in the lead, fans have been wondering if James Bond could be next.
In a recent interview, the 72-year-old Mirren was asked if she would ever consider being the first female 007.
The actress told Daily Telegraph: “I’m too old.
“In my youth, that would have been great of course.”
Mirren added: “But that time was different; we could never even have imagined a woman playing that role.”
The actress’ statement comes just two days after former Bond girl Halle Berry said casting 007 as a woman would be a bad call.
“I want women to be tough but I don’t know if Bond should be a woman,” the 50-year-old told Entertainment Tonight.
“I mean, that series is steeped in history, you know from Ian Fleming’s stories. I don’t think you can change Bond to a woman.”
The Die Another Day actress went on: “We can create a new Bond character that’s a woman, and give her a new name, based on that theory.
“But I don’t know if Bond should be a woman.”
James Bond 25 will be released in UK cinemas in early November 2017.