Daniel Craig is confirmed to once again return as James Bond in a film slated for 2019, but rumors are already swirling about who might replace him when he finally hangs up the tuxedo. Many have wondered whether it’s time for a woman to step into the iconic role, but one person who isn’t a fan of that idea is Rachel Weisz.
The actress, who is married to Craig, shot down the idea of a female Bond in an interview with The Telegraph, saying that she would rather see new, original stories centering on women.
“[Author Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,“ Weisz told The Telegraph (via PEOPLE). “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
After months of speculation, Craig confirmed in August that he’ll be returning for the as-yet-untitled 25th Bond movie (which has a release date of Nov. 8, 2019, but no director yet). Speaking to Stephen Colbert, Craig said that he expected this film to be his last outing as the British superspy. “I think this is it,” he told Colbert. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”