Social media is shaken and stirred by Barbara Broccoli’s recent comments.
In an interview with Variety published Wednesday, the James Bond franchise producer — who oversees the business with half-brother Michael G. Wilson — said the iconic character can be of any race, but cannot be female.
“He can be of any color, but he is male,” she said about the next Bond.
“I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters,” Broccoli continued. “I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
After the interview went viral, several Twitter users criticized the filmmaker for her controversial statements.
“There is no reason that a woman couldn’t be 007 Jane Bond. It all depends on the individual portraying the character,” one wrote.
“One day there will be a JANE BOND,” another exclaimed.
Back in 2016, “The X-Files” actress Gillian Anderson hinted she would accept the role of 007 — and even tweeted out a fan-made mocked-up poster of herself as the British Secret Service agent.
The next Bond film, “No Time to Die,” stars Daniel Craig as the famed spy, and will hit theaters this April.