Over the last 40-plus years, James Bond has appeared in 24 films with six different actors portraying the legendary British Secret Service agent. More recently, rumors have swirled about who should be next up if Daniel Craig were to step aside. While Tom Hiddleston, who would fall in with the past versions of Bond, has often been mentioned, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra continues to express her hope for a new, different version.
In an interview with Refinery29, the actress, who has expressed interest in the part, was asked what it would mean to play the first female James Bond. “I know everything is about diversity right now,” she says. “But I think it should be about humanity. It’s 2016. It’s so easy to separate ourselves and become smaller and smaller pieces of humanity. I don’t like the phrase ‘woman of color.’ I feel like that puts women in a box. I’m a woman, whether I’m white, black, brown, green, blue, or pink — whatever. I think we need to start looking beyond that. It would be a big win for women, period.”
Back in May, Chopra revealed that she wasn’t interested in playing a love interest for 007 and instead had another part in mind. “I get that all the time,” she said. “But f— that — I wanna be Bond.”
The Bollywood star is making her U.S. film debut next summer in Baywatch, where she’ll play the villain opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Her role of Victoria was originally written for a man, something she thinks should repeat itself with the Bond franchise.
“It’s a story about a British guy who happens to be a white dude,” she says. “There’s nothing wrong with that, whoever came up with it.“ While Chopra may see nothing wrong with it, she insists that a female Bond must be the new James Bond. “And not Jane,” she adds. “She should be James Bond, and she should be able to sell it. Why not?”