Ever since Daniel Craig left the iconic role of James Bond in 2021, fans have been expecting Bond bosses to announce a replacement. No Time To Die put a definitive end to the star version of the hero and, more importantly, opened the door for a whole new actor to take over.
This week the first new actor to play James Bond was announced for Japan only – a woman named Suzuho Makaze.
James Bond is getting a brand new adaptation of Casino Royale on theater stages in the spring of 2023.
The new production – ‘Casino Royale – My Name Is Bond’ – is based on Ian Fleming’s original literary work and will employ an all-female cast. (According to Mi6 HQ)
The actors are the Takarazuka Revue, an all-female theater troupe that was established in 1913. As tradition dictates, women play all the roles.
Japan also has an all-male theater troupe, Kabuki, which does the same but in reverse.
These acting troupes are similar to Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an all-male British acting troupe that still operates today.
This interpretation of James Bond will be the first time the character has been portrayed by a woman.
But this isn’t the first time 007 has been a woman.
In No Time To Die, Lashana Lynch’s character Nomi was given the role of 007 after Bond went AWOL. However, she quickly returned the codename to James at the end of the film.
Since then, a debate has raged over whether Craig’s replacement as Bond should be a woman – but many stars involved in the franchise don’t think so.
Craig himself spoke out while promoting No Time To Die last year.
When asked if a newcomer to 007 should be a woman, he replied, “The answer is very simple: there should just be better roles for women and actors of color.”
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Broccoli continued, “I think we should create new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are fine. more interesting than that.”
And the odds seem to match Craig and Broccoli’s opinions.
Earlier this week, Ladbrokes gave Henry Cavill odds of 2/1 to become the next 007, making him the favorite in contention.
Right behind him is Idris Elba, who has a staggering 4/1 as the new hero.
Tom Hardy also has great odds.
The Venom actor currently has 5/1 of Ladbrokes.
In fact, the top five actors groomed for the role of 007 are all male.
Ladbrokes’ Nicola McGeady said: “The race to play James Bond seems wide open at the moment. The top five bets have all drawn in the money over the past few months, but more recently the momentum has slackened. moved to Henry Cavill rather than Idris Elba. Cavill is now the favorite but it wouldn’t be a shock to see more upsets.”