1 Woman Is in Charge of Who Will Play the Next James Bond

Now that Daniel Craig is stepping down as James Bond, the public is debating whether they prefer Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, or Damian Lewis to portray the next 007.

But according to Sam Mendes, the director behind the last two Bond movies — who’s just announced that he won’t direct the next movie — it doesn’t matter who the public wants to play Bond. Because don’t get it twisted; the decision is apparently in the hands of one woman named Barbara Broccoli, who serves as a producer for the franchise.

“It’s not the X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond, end of story,” he said at the Hay Festival in London this weekend. “Without that, there would be no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying ‘that man over there is going to change the whole thing, I’m going to cast him.'”

Well, it’s too bad that Gillian Anderson’s opinion doesn’t matter regarding the decision, because she wants to play Jane Bond. She tweeted out this photo that someone made, stating her interest in the role. And that would have been awesome.

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