“Sir Roger Moore’s son believes only a male actor should portray 007”
The 007 star’s son has stepped into the casting debate (Picture: Rex)
Sir Roger Moore’s son Geoffrey has stated that he believes only a man should play the role of suave spy James Bond.
His comments come as casting remains wide open for who could next take on the MI6 operative’s licence to kill following Daniel Craig’s departure from the role.
Geoffrey – also know as Jaffa – also admitted that he felt Lashana Lynch’s temporary casting as 007 in the spy’s last outing, No Time To Die, sparked ‘confusion’.
Discussing his take on the spy when asked if the part could be taken by a woman, he replied: ‘Well, then it’s no longer James Bond. I mean, she could be 006, 008, or 009…’
Lynch’s character Nomi was given the codename 007 when Craig’s Bond went off grid and was presumed dead during the 2021 film.
Jaffa, whose father Sir Roger played the role of Bond the most of any actor with his seven official outings between 1973 and 1985, added to The Express: ‘In the last Bond I think this was the confusion. That she [Nomi] was 007 and then said, “I’ve got to give it back to Bond. It’s his number.”’
Daniel Craig handed in his licence to kill as Bond 18 months ago (Picture: Danjaq/Eon Productions/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
His co-star Lashana Lynch briefly played 007 in his final film, No Time To Die, which Geoffrey called ‘confusing’ (Picture: Nicola Dove/DANJAQ, LLC/ MGM)
However, the musician said he felt it was ‘very good’ that 007 was returned to Bond as he felt that producers were also ‘testing the waters’.
With a female Bond, Jaffa insisted that it ‘wouldn’t be the same’ because ‘it’s [author Sir Ian] Fleming’s Bond. It’s a guy, unfortunately’.
He indicated he wasn’t averse to the idea of a female-led spin-off though, heaping praise on Charlize Theron’s performance in Atomic Blonde as an example, saying that women can ‘certainly pull it off and certainly do the fight sequences’.
‘Maybe there will be a “From the filmmakers of James Bond comes Jane or Jemima Bond” or whatever,’ he mused.
Geoffrey is all for a separate female spy franchise, or even a Bond spin-off (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Jaffa, who is also an actor and appeared in films with his dad including Sherlock Holmes in New York, agreed that female actors should have their own huge spy franchise, regardless.
‘It’s right and they should. But if you want to do a female Bond you can’t just call her ‘James Bond’. Personally, I don’t think that [would work].’
Current frontrunners for the next Bond include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who was reported to have even filmed the iconic gun barrel opening sequence as part of an audition, as well as Bridgerton’s Regé Jean-Page, Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill and Idris Elba.
However film producer Barbara Broccoli, who also maintains Bond should be male, insisted in February that things haven’t got that far yet.
Sir Roger Moore as James Bond in Live and Let Die (Picture: Snap/Rex/Shutterstock)
Speaking to LADbible at the BAFTAs about the speculation, Barbara said: ‘No, we haven’t even started casting yet.’
She added: ‘There isn’t even a script.’
The revelation is still, as Barbara said last year, probably a ‘couple of years off’.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is considered a frontrunner to be the next Bond (Picture: John MacDougall/AFP)
At the time, she explained: ‘The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off. And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10-12-year commitment.
‘So he’s probably thinking, “Do I really want that thing?” Not everybody wants to do that. It was hard enough getting [Daniel Craig to do it]. A lot of people think, “Oh yeah, it’d be fun to do one!” Well. That ain’t gonna work!’
The most recent casting rumours actually revolve around the part of M, memorably played by Dame Judi Dench and then Ralph Fiennes, with comedian Daisy May Cooper reportedly in talks.
It has been said producers were hoping the 36-year-old actress – who is a friend of No Time to Die co-writer Phoebe Waller Bridge – would bring a ‘comedic and quirky edge’ to the role.
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