The producer behind the James Bond movies says that the iconic spy could someday be portrayed by a black or female performer.
Barbara Broccoli adds that “anything is possible” once actor Daniel Craig stops playing the British Secret Service agent.
“These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit,” she said when asked if fans can ultimately expect a black or female Bond, according to The Daily Mail.
“Anything is possible,” Broccoli added. “Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”
Barbara Broccoli’s father, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, turned author Ian Fleming’s espionage novels into Earth’s largest spy film franchise.
Craig started portraying Bond – code-named “007” – in 2006’s “Casino Royale” and has since reappeared as the beloved character in three more films.
The actor’s casting as Bond initially sparked controversy as his blond hair and physical role stood in stark contrast to past interpretations of the spy as suave, tall and dark-haired.
Craig confirmed earlier this year that he would return for his fifth overall Bond flick, adding it would likely mark his last time as the secret agent.
“I think this is it,” he said on CBS’s “The Late Show” last August. “I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait.”
Variety last August reported that Craig’s most recent performance as Bond, 2015’s “Spectre,” grossed $880 million worldwide.
Actor Roger Moore, who played Bond from 1973 to 1983, said before his death last May he opposed drastic alterations to the character.
“I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond,” he told The Mail in 2015.
“But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote,” Moore continued.
“It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist – it is simply about being true to the character.”
Craig’s upcoming Bond movie is the series’ 25th overall, and The Hollywood Reporter reported last July that it is scheduled for release in 2019.