The 007 actor Daniel Craig has given his blessing to actress Emilia Clarke in her quest to become the first woman to take on the role of Bond when he finally gives up his Licence To Kill.
His support should go a long way, considering he was the first blond Bond. Up to then they were all dark-haired, among them the quintessential Englishman, Roger Moore; a craggy Scot, Sean Connery; and our own Pierce Brosnan.
There is also something of a precedent for a female Bond role, with Judi Dench becoming the first female to play the part of M, Bond’s boss and the head of MI6, from 1995 until she was finally killed off in 2012.
The choice of a female M character was inspired by Stella Rimington, the real-life head of MI5 between 1992 and 1996. Dench’s M initially dislikes Bond, calling him a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur”, before warming to him in Skyfall, her last appearance.
A maternal M is one thing, but Bond has been portrayed as such a macho character, would fans of the franchise be shaken or stirred by the first female 007?
Maybe both, when they hear the stirring words: “The name’s Bond, Jane Bond.”