Emilia Clarke as Jane Bond?

Emilia Clarke

Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke says she fancies becoming the first ever female 007 if Daniel Craig retires from the role.

The actress, currently starring in the movie Before You, told the Daily Star: "I have a lot of unrealised dreams. “I would love to play Jane Bond. My ultimate leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. No doubt about it.”

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan is sceptical that a woman could fill the spy role. "Anything is possible for sure, but I think he'll be male and he'll be white," he said. "There's wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond. But a female James Bond, no, I think it has to be a male. James Bond is a guy, he's all male. His name is James, his name is James Bond."

SpectreBut Daniel Craig sees no reason why I woman couldn't fill his shoes. Bond: "Sure, yeah, definitely. I think it’s a great idea. If it works it works. That’s the great thing about film is it’s all about imagination so of course it could happen. Not that’s it a huge push, it’s just that anything’s possible."

However Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes told the Hay Literary Festival recently that speculation was futile.

"There’s this constant debate about who’s going to be the next Bond,” he told an audience. “It’s not the X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story.Without that, there would be no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying ‘that man over there is going to change the whole thing, I’m going to cast him’.

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