Morena Baccarin Aspires To Be The Next James Bond

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Morena Baccarin on her part has different ideas about it. She doesn’t want to be the Bond Girl, as her eyes are set on the character of James Bond.

Baccarin is not unknown to action films or franchises. Her first big break was as Inara on Firefly, and later she reprised the same role in Serenity. After that, she has been a  part of various sci-fi TV series and movies. She is renowned for her portrayal of Dr. Leslie Tompkins on Gotham and as Wade Wilson’s girlfriend Vanessa, in Deadpool, a role that she will reprise in Deadpool 2 releasing shortly.

Baccarin made her remarks during an interview with Cinepop. Apparently, the actress has become fed up with playing supportive roles and girlfriends and is now keen to be an action hero on her own.

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“I think it’s going to be me,” she said about playing James Bond. “Of course, I have to be the next one. I have training.”

It must be noted that even if Baccarin does get the role, she won’t technically be the first lady James Bond. That distinction goes to Ursula Andress, Barbara Bouchet, Joanna Pettet, and DaliahLavi, all of whom played female spies under the code name “James Bond” in the 1967 film Casino Royale. However, Baccarin could become the first female James Bond in a James Bond canon film.

The original Casino Royale movie was considered to be a spy genre spoof after producer Charles K. Feldman (who obtained the movie rights to the original James Bond novel) couldn’t strike a deal with Eon Productions, who have been the producers of all the officially licensed James Bond films until now. Therefore, this film is not officially canon, despite endorsements by the Ian Fleming estate and featuring David Niven, who was Fleming’s preferred actor to play James Bond.

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In any case, it will be great to see how things develop on this. Earlier in the year, the franchise producer Barbara Broccoli had said that she wasn’t averse to the idea of a female or a person of color playing James Bond, so there is definitely a window of opportunity. Although, a lot of top actresses such as Rosamund Pike and Rachel Weisz have been vocal against a gender-altered Bond, saying women should rather get their own stories such as Atomic Blonde.

The success of Wonder Woman in 2017 has proven that there are viewers for female-centric action movies, so this might be just the thing that reshapes the long-running James Bond franchise. The ball is in the court of Eon Productions, who would have to take the risk of unsettling the concept by altering the status quo of the franchise.

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