It’s Bond, Jane Bond: 11 Women Who Would Make a Killer 007

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There’s been a lot of media fuss lately over actor Daniel Craig saying he doesn’t think a woman would make a good James Bond, which—while incendiary—is, uh, not actually what he said. His exact quote to Radio Times? “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”

While it’s objectively silly to get bent out of shape over what is, all in all, a pretty unobjectionable statement from Craig, it’s never a bad time to speculate about which women we’d most like to see in the iconic role of Bond, even though women and actors of color do deserve better than reboots.

After Daniel Craig suggested in 2015 that he was no longer interested in playing the martini-drinking secret agent, another potential heir to the Bond throne surfaced: Gillian Anderson. Quickly, a fan-led Twitter campaign threw its support behind the X-Files actress. And Anderson seemed to agree: “It’s Bond. Jane Bond,” she tweeted with a photo of herself Photoshopped into Bond’s iconic poster.

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas also campaigned for the coveted role. During an interview with Complex, the actress addressed the frequent suggestion that she should be cast as the next Bond girl: “I get that all the time,” she said. “But fuck that—I wanna be Bond.” (There’s precedent there, too; in the 2017 remake of Baywatch, Chopra played a villainous oil tycoon, a part that was originally written for a man.)

Emilia Clarke once threw her hat into the ring, too, revealing her dreams of portraying 007 in a 2016 interview with the Daily Star. “I would love to play Jane Bond,” she said. “My ultimate leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. No doubt about it.”

Here, ahead of the long-delayed release of No Time to Die, we suggest 11 other actresses (mostly British—we had to keep a bit of tradition, after all) who have the style, sophistication, and attitude needed to play the next 007.

Lupita Nyong’o

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In Conversation With Michael Kors, Lupita Nyong'o, And The World Food Programme At UN Headquarters

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At one time, Nyong’o was in talks to play a Bond girl, but come on: Wouldn’t you rather see her as 007 herself? Personally, we would start seeing Bond films way more regularly if she were the lead.

Cate Blanchett

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"The House With A Clock In Its Walls" Photocall - 13th Rome Film Fest

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I mean, you’ve seen her in a suit, right? Need we say more? Plus, she was one of the co-stars of Ocean’s Eight, so she’s got the range.

Lucy Liu

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2013 BAM Ignite Gala

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Liu has proved that she can carry an action-adventure romp with Charlie’s Angels, but it’s high time she stepped into a slightly more dapper role (unless it conflicts with her painting, of course, because we still dream of owning a Lucy Liu original).

Roberta Colindrez

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2019 Winter TCA Tour - STARZ Red Carpet Event - Arrivals

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Not to be inappropriately lustful on main, but the thought of watching the I Love Dick and Vida star put on cufflinks is so attractive, we can’t even deal with it. I mean...can you imagine?

Jamie Clayton

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LA Premiere Of Amazon Studio's "Late Night" - Arrivals

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Clayton has quickly turned into one of the breakout stars of this season of The L Word: Generation Q, and her tough-girl image on the show is perfectly balanced by her effortless style and soft heart. Also, she’s into poker! At least on the show! Give her the role, already! If she can handle Shane, she can handle anything.

Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt

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By starring in both action movies (Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario) and comedies (The Five-Year Engagement), Blunt has already proven she has the combat skills and charisma to play the devilish spy.

Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike

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Yes, we know, Pike already played a Bond girl in Die Another Day. But wouldn’t it be so gratifying to see an actress go from femme fatale to feminist action hero in the same franchise? Talk about a power play.

Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot

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The Israeli former model turned action star has a leg up on her peers since she’s the only candidate who has trained as an actual soldier. Although going from Wonder Woman to mere mortal spy does kind of seem like a demotion, doesn’t it?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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While this talented actress has mostly stayed away from action films, we have no doubt that Mbatha-Raw is up to the challenge. She’s played an international hip-hop star in Beyond the Lights, an adopted aristocrat in Belle, and a half-deer, half-human creature in Jupiter Rising, so taking on Bond should be a cinch. Is it too early to suggest Idris Elba as her Bond guy love interest?

Daisy Ridley

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Daisy Ridley

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At 29, the Star Wars hero is a bit young to take on the role of a seasoned international spy, so perhaps she’d play the long-lost daughter of one of Bond’s paramours who is now looking to get into the family business. You’re welcome, producers.

Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham

Photographed by Craig McDean, Vogue, April 2012


Okay, so Beckham isn’t exactly an actress—don’t forget about Spice World!—but the fashion designer is the definition of debonair. Can you blame us for imagining Posh sipping a martini while effortlessly defeating her enemies with her sharp stiletto heel? Just think of the wardrobe possibilities!

Originally Appeared on Vogue