James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed that the 007 franchise would "of course" consider female directors – though we're not getting our hopes up.
Speaking at the premiere of her movie Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool on Tuesday (September 12), Broccoli told Screen International: "There are a lot of women working on [Film Stars], which pleases me very much.
"It's incredibly important to support change in front of and behind the camera. I love working with women. It's a different vibe."
Barbara continued: "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."
"I have always wanted to direct a James Bond film. I think they only hire British directors, but when I was doing The Bourne Identity, I was like, 'I'm doing the poor man's James Bond'," he recalled.
"It screwed with my head when Casino Royale came out and copied Bourne because that was my gold standard. I'm not Quentin Tarantino, I didn't grow up watching esoteric films in a video store. I grew up watching James Bond and going, 'I want to do that'."
The next Bond instalment will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019, with a "traditional earlier release" in the UK to be announced in the months to come.
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