Women Have Been Saying Emily Blunt Should Be The Next James Bond For Years
According to Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, there will "never" be a gender swap in the franchise, but if there were...
When she got the call about portraying Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns, Emily Blunt thought it might have been about James Bond.
During a recent appearance on British daytime talk show This Morning, the actress told hosts Rochelle Humes and Phillip Schofield she "knew something big was in the pipeline."
"Hilariously I think I was about to play a blackout drunk in Girl on the Train when I got approached about Mary Poppins," she said. "I was in Los Angeles and [MP director] Rob Marshall called me and I knew there was something quite big coming down the pipe because it was such a charged voicemail that he left."
"Didn't ever think it would be Mary Poppins," she continued, "but of course [I was] just completely overjoyed and overwhelmed. It's like, 'either he's asking me to be James Bond or Mary Poppins.' I was just really shocked."
In October, Bond franchise executive producer Barbara Broccoli put any hope of a female Bond character to rest.
"Bond is male. He’s a male character," she told the Guardian. "He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male. And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters."
But maybe a star like Blunt showing consistent interest in the role could change Broccoli's mind. The actress would be a badass Bond, and in the end, it doesn't really matter what gender Bond is as long as the character's core qualities are well-depicted.
It also doesn't hurt that, for years, women have been saying Blunt should be the next Bond.
Let's hope studios take the clue.