James Bond's producer Barbara Broccoli says she will, of course, consider female directors for the franchise's upcoming 25th outing. In the wake of the monumental box office take of Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman, more fans are looking to women to helm popular stories and do more work behind the camera. From Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit to Ava Duvernay's Wrinkle in Time to the aforementioned Wonder Woman, fans want to see stories told by women. Now, one of the most popular film franchises appears ready to take on the challenge.
Speaking at the premiere for her movie Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, the producer shared that she's keen to work with women in the industry and promote them behind the camera as well.
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It's only natural that a woman should tackle telling an action story from behind the scenes. The producer shared that there was a different vibe working on Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool with a lot of women behind the camera, and she loved it.
“There are a lot of women working on this production which pleases me very much. It’s incredibly important to support a change in front of and behind the camera. I love working with women. It’s a different vibe. We have to promote women within the industry. Women are often tasked with taking care of children and ailing parents, so it’s hard for some women to sustain a career in this industry. We have to be more family-friendly, with childcare, flexible hours and job shares. At Eon, we have a lot of women doing job sharing and it’s easy with technology."
The willingness of a producer to consider the space of women in this industry is incredible. While there may be no female Bond in front of the camera, a female director behind the camera would be a huge leap forward. Many directors like Karyn Kasuma, Gina Prince-Blythewood, or even Katheryn Bigelow would make a huge smash helming the 25th Bond film, and it would represent a major change from the traditional status quo. Broccoli has taken some steps in that direction by producing director Corinna McFarlane's The Silent Storm and she's prepared to go further.
While Broccoli has said she'd like to work with UK talent, in particular, the willingness of the producer to open up and consider a woman to helm the production is welcome news. There's a goldmine of talent out there that producers like Ava Duvernay, Issa Rae, and others have been taking advantage of.
In a world where Wonder Woman was the breakout hit of the summer and Atomic Blonde was making waves in front of the camera, having a woman give directions to James Bond isn't far fetched. Indeed, with the introduction of Judi Dench as M, the character at least is used to taking directions from a woman. Now's the perfect time to make it true behind the scenes as well.