Labour's Keir Starmer says a woman should replace Daniel Craig as Bond

The woman with the golden gun? Keir Starmer says it is ‘time’ for female star to replace Daniel Craig as the lead in the Bond films

  • Sir Keir Starmer joined those calling for the next James Bond to be a woman
  • Told Good Morning Britain today: ‘I do think it’s time for a female Bond’
  • Producer Barbara Broccoli has said she believes 007 will always be male
  • He’s a patriotic Brit with a dry sense of humour, who has taken on and beaten a raft of dangerous enemies intent on his downfall.

    But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer may have taken on a fight that he cannot win today as he joined those calling for the next James Bond to be a woman.

    As Daniel Craig bows out of playing the British secret agent in No Time To Die, there have been calls for him to be replaced by a female lead.

    And appearing on Good Morning Britain today, the Opposition Leader joined them, saying: ‘I don’t have a favourite Bond, but I do think it’s time for a female Bond.’

    If it were to happen it would be a huge change for a film series in which the titular character’s masculinity plays a central role. 

    Thus far woman have, with some notable exceptions. been reduced to supporting roles as love conquests or femme fatales – and sometimes both.

    But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer may have taken on a fight that he cannot win today as he joined those calling for the next James Bond to be a woman.

    But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer may have taken on a fight that he cannot win today as he joined those calling for the next James Bond to be a woman.

    As Daniel Craig bows out of playing the British secret agent in No Time To Die, there have been calls for him to be replaced by a female lead.

    As Daniel Craig bows out of playing the British secret agent in No Time To Die, there have been calls for him to be replaced by a female lead.








    The new film, which had its world premier on Wednesday, does break the mould with the appearance of Lashana Lynch as a fellow 00 agent, Nomi.

    The new film, which had its world premier on Wednesday, does break the mould with the appearance of Lashana Lynch as a fellow 00 agent, Nomi.

    The new film, which had its world premier on Wednesday, does break the mould with the appearance of Lashana Lynch as a fellow 00 agent, Nomi. 

    It is the first time that a member of the elite unit of agents has been portrayed as a woman.

    However the chances of a woman stepping into the lead role seem limited.

    Last week Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said she believes 007 will always be a male character.

    The head of Eon Productions, who signs off on every key hiring and firing in the franchise, said she will be discussing who will take over the role from Daniel Craig next year – and that it will be a man.

    ‘James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women,’ she said.

    Craig, 53, told Radio Times last week that he also believes Bond should remain male.

    The actor said: ‘There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour.

    ‘Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?’

    He said the addition of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to the writing team was to ‘spice it up’ but she was a Bond fan so ‘she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction’.

    Multiple actresses have supported his statement that Bond should be played by a male actor, including Die Another Day star Halle Berry, who said on Entertainment Tonight in 2017: ‘That series is steeped in history… you know, Ian Fleming’s stories. I don’t think you can change Bond to a woman.’

    The franchise has taken a significant step forward in with the casting of Captain Marvel actress Lynch as a new 00 agent, who she says is ‘standing up for black women’.

    Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and director Cary Fukunaga pose during the world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall

    Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux and director Cary Fukunaga pose during the world premiere of the new James Bond film No Time To Die at the Royal Albert Hall

    Sir Keir has just completed his first Labour Party Conference, where he consciously attempted to distance it from the disastrous tenure of his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.

    The Labour leader described the 2019 general election as the ‘worst defeat’ the party had suffered since 1935.

    In a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn, he said Labour had been on the brink of ‘obliteration’ and it needed to win back voters.

    Sir Keir Starmer told the conference: ‘To those Labour voters who said their grandparents would turn in their graves, that they couldn’t trust us with high office, to those who reluctantly chose the Tories because they didn’t believe our promises were credible.








    ‘To the voters who thought we were unpatriotic or irresponsible, I say these simple but powerful words: We will never under my leadership go into an election with a manifesto that is not a serious plan for government.’

    He was repeatedly heckled by ‘petulant, small and awful’ Corbynites today as he warned Labour they must ‘get serious’ by ditching hard-Left policies to win power – and spoke movingly about the experience of caring for his late mother.

    In his first in-person conference speech following the pandemic, Sir Keir faced chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn‘ and shouts about his Brexit policy being to blame for the crushing election defeat in 2019.

    In one grim piece of trolling, there were jibes screamed out as Sir Keir was talking about his late mother Jo, an NHS nurse who suffered from a crippling rare form of arthritis. 

    Sir Keir merely shook his head and carried on as he told how the Covid crisis had brought back memories of her illness.   

    He shrugged off other brickbats, saying he got the same treatment from Tories at PMQs every week. ‘It doesn’t bother me then, it won’t bother me now.’

    As he was hit with more catcalls of ‘shame’, he shot back: ‘Chanting slogans or changing lives!’  

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