Halle Berry: James Bond should be a man

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Halle Berry doesn't think there should ever be a fe­male James Bond. The 50-year-old for­mer Bond girl has joined the de­bate about cast­ing a woman in the role of the iconic Bri­tish spy but, for her, the char­ac­ter is "steeped in his­tory" and should al­ways be played by a man. Speak­ing to 'En­ter­tain­ment Tonight', Berry said: "I want women to be tough but I don't know if Bond should be a woman. I mean, that se­ries is steeped in his­tory, you know from Ian Flem­ing's sto­ries. I don't think you can change Bond to a woman. We can cre­ate a new Bond char­ac­ter that's a woman, and give her a new name, based on that the­ory, but I don't know if Bond should be a woman." Berry played starred as NSA agent Giac­inta 'Jinx' John­son along­side 007 Pierce Bros­nan in the 2002 Bond movie 'Die An­other Day' and ap­peared in one of the most mem­o­rable Bond girl scenes when she emerged from the sea in an or­ange two-piece bikini com­plete with a white belt and knife. The scene was a homage to the white bikini Ur­sula An­dress wore as Honey Ry­der in the 1962 James Bond film 'Dr No', a swim­suit so iconic it has its own Wikipedia page. Her com­ments come af­ter Chris Hemsworth claimed Char­l­ize Theron would be the ideal can­di­date to re­place Daniel Craig as Bond fol­low­ing her per­for­mance in new Amer­i­can spy thriller 'Atomic Blonde'. But while Char­l­ize ap­pre­ci­ates the com­pli­ment, she is less than con­vinced about the idea and laughed off his state­ment. The Os­car-win­ning star joked: "Chris, so, you got that cheque I sent you? Thanks, dude. I got your back." Char­l­ize, 41, sub­se­quently ad­dressed the idea in a more se­ri­ous tone, sug­gest­ing it's not some­thing she'd ever pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered. She said: "It's so in­sanely gen­er­ous and nice [to be men­tioned]. But I don't even know what to do with that. That's re­ally sweet." Theron said tak­ing the role of Bond would be "cray cray", adding: "Daniel, you got the job. I am not go­ing to take that job away from you." Hemsworth who starred with Theron in 'Snow White and the Hunts­man' - had orig­i­nally said: "She's smart as hell. She's phys­i­cally able. I worked with her on 'Snow White and the Hunts­man'. Watch­ing her in those fight scenes, do­ing it in high heels, by the way, and an eight foot long gown was even more im­pres­sive."

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