James Bond star Daniel Craig says women and actors of colour should be licensed to thrill in roles just as good as 007.
Daniel, 53, who makes his last outing as Bond in No Time To Die, which premieres next week, was asked if his replacement should be more “diverse”.
He said: “The answer to that is simple. There should be better parts for women and actors of colour.
“Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
The No Time To Die premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday will be attended by Prince Charles and Camilla alongside Prince William and wife Kate.
They will be introduced to the cast and screenwriters, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
In the Radio Times, Daniel spoke of the influence Fleabag creator Phoebe, 36, had on the film.
He said: “Phoebe didn’t come in to change Bond. She came in to spice it up for sure, but she’s a Bond fan – she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction. There are certain things attached to Bond of which we would say, ‘No, you can’t do that any more...his attitude to women and how the women are treated in the films.
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“But I don’t make apologies for the character I play. He’s really flawed. He’s got a real problem with relationships. I think that’s interesting.”
His co-star Naomie Harris, 45, said that as a black actress playing “intelligent and capable” Miss Moneypenny had been “hugely important”.
*The full interview is in Radio Times magazine which is available to buy now.
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