Monica Bellucci , Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux attend the premiere of Spectre at Royal Albert Hall. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)

Last year, current James Bond star Daniel Craig stated in an interview that, “I cannot see any reason why ultimately, a woman, a lady, a girl, cannot play the James Bond character.” Since then, rumours have circled over a new ‘Bond Girl’ with Lashana Lynch being a strong contender for the role. In the lead up to the forthcoming film however, a 007 producer has abolished all rumours of a female spy.

While Idris Elba was rumoured for the role in early 2019 and the likes of Harry Styles, Robert Pattinson and Henry Cavill have all been vocal with interest in the role, time will only tell.  But thanks to franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, we now have further insight into the next 007, courtesy of Variety and while it may disappoint some fans, she has a fantastic argument.

Speaking on the future of the franchise, she said, “He can be of any colour, but he is male… I believe we should be creating 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 far more interesting than that.”

In other Bond news, Billie Eilish has been tapped to write the theme song for No Time To Die and follows in the steps of Sam Smith’s 2015 track, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

No Time To Die drops into cinemas from April 8, 2020. Watch the trailer below.