In an interview with Variety, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson opened up about their search for the next James Bond. While they have been too focused on No Time To Die to properly begin their search for the next Bond, they are definite that whoever he is, he will still be British or from the Commonwealth, as well as a man.
Broccoli went on to explain that “He can be of any color, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.” Given the long history of Ian Fleming’s Bond and the hard-coded masculinity that goes into the very definition of the character, it makes perfect sense.