‘I don’t think we’re ready yet’, these were the words spoken by John Rhys-Davies about James Bond, when asked to talk about the possibility of having a female lead.
John Rhys-Davies recently expressed his opinion on whether to see a woman in the shoes of James Bond in the next chapters of the franchise. Although best known for playing Sallah in the Indiana Jones saga and Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the British actor also appeared in the 1987 film titled Agent 007, danger zone, playing General Leonid Pushkin, an ally of James Bond played by Timothy Dalton.
Following the latest portrayal of the MI6 secret agent by the sixth actor to play 007, Daniel Craig, in the 2021 film No Time to Die, there has been much discussion about who might take his place; for the moment, in addition to the much discussed Idris Elba, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Henry Cavill seem to be the most popular.
During an interview published by The Daily Express, the former interpreter commented on the recent rumors relating to the possibility of seeing Jodie Comer in the role of the secret agent: “I think Bond adapts to the climate. And I think the climate… I don’t think we’re ready for a female James Bond, at least for now.”
“Because the whole concept of Bond is still deeply rooted in masculinity. Yes, I’m sure there are very strong female agents in the world, but we need a Bond. We are in such a dangerous time right now. I just hope MI5 and MI6 really measure up“, concluded the actor.
The producer of the franchise, Barbara Broccoli, who has a huge influence on the film saga, has repeatedly rejected the possibility of a gender change for agent 007. In an interview she definitively stated: “I don’t think a woman should play James Bond“, although he argues that the franchise should pay more attention to creating better female characters.