Former Bond Girl Slams Female 007: James Bond ‘Was Conceived As A Man’
“The world has gone mad.”
That’s what former “Bond Girl” Valerie Leon said about plans to make 007 a woman.
“He was conceived as a man, Ian Fleming created him as a man,” Leon said on “Good Morning Britain.” “He’s a fantasy. So many men have wanted to be Bond and women have wanted to be with Bond. How can people fantasize about a woman as Bond? Men aren’t going to go for a woman as a killer or an assassin,” she said. “Why would the producers change something that’s been so successful for years?”
Leon, now 75, starred in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” and 1983’s “Never Say Never Again.” She said she is “in mourning” over the new PC plans.
“The world has gone mad. I’m dressed in black. I am in mourning that we’re here to talk about Bond being a woman.”
A movie insider said: ‘There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.
‘It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.
The source added that the phrase “Bond girls” is now forbidden, saying: “We were all told that from now on they are to be addressed as ‘Bond women.’ “
Leon isn’t the only Bond girl with those sentiments. Eva Green, who starred as Vesper Lynd alongside Craig in “Casino Royale,” has said Bond should always be a man.
“I’m for women, but I really think James Bond should remain a man. It doesn’t make sense for him to be a woman,” she said.
“Women can play different types of characters, be in action movies and be superheroes, but James Bond should always be a man and not be Jane Bond. There is history with the character that should continue. He should be played by a man.”