Daniel Craig has insisted that James Bond shouldn't be played by a female actress because they deserve their own roles that haven't been written for men.
Amid calls for the next 007 to be played by a woman, the actor, who is retiring from the role following the upcoming No Time To Die, stated that rather than cast them in male roles there should 'simply be better parts for women.'
Daniel joins multiple stars who have spoken against Bond being played by a woman, including the franchise's producer Barbara Broccoli.
Important: Daniel Craig has insisted that James Bond shouldn't be played by a female actress because they deserve their own roles that haven't been written for men
Speaking to The Radio Times, Daniel 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?'
Multiple actresses have supported Daniel's 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.'
Progress: Amid calls for the next 007 to be played by a woman (Lashana Lynch pictured in No Time To Die), the actor stated that there should 'simply be better parts for women'
Producer Barbara also said on Good Morning Britain in 2019: 'We have to make movies about women and women’s stories but we have to create female characters and not just for a gimmick turn a male character into a woman.'
No Time To Die will see the introduction of the first female 00 agent, played by Lashana Lynch, sparking calls for the next Bond to be played by a woman.
During the interview Daniel also apologised for saying that he would 'rather slash my wrists' than reprise his role as James Bond, adding that the comment was originally made as a joke.