James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has ruled out gender swap to the character of the suave British spy, saying the part will always be played a male. British star Daniel Craig is preparing to leave the iconic role after the upcoming 25th movie in the series.
"I always feel that Bond is a male character, that is just a fact. We have to make movies about women and women's stories but we have to create female characters and not just for a gimmick turn a male character into a woman," Broccoli told "Good Morning Britain" during Bond 25's launch event in Jamaica.
She also confirmed that it was Craig's decision to rope in Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a co-writer on the film.
"It was Daniel's idea, we all leapt to it, we loved her. She has made a great contribution to it," she said.
Bond 25 also features Oscar winner Rami Malek in the role of the villain.