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No Time To Die’s Ana De Armas says her character will be the toughest Bond girl of them all

No Time To Die’s Ana De Armas has declared her character Paloma will be the most ‘bada**’ Bond girl in the film franchise’s 59-year history.  

In time for the blockbuster’s long-awaited debut on Thursday, she told The Sun: ‘Paloma is a really complete character. She’s definitely something else that I don’t think we’ve seen in other Bond girls in previous movies. She’s a lot of fun — very active, very bada**.’

Her debut in the series comes as Daniel Craig gears up to retire from his longtime role, having played 007 a whopping five times. 

Iconic: No Time To Die’s Ana De Armas has declared her character Paloma will be the most ‘bada**’ Bond girl in the film franchise’s 59-year history (pictured in the film)

Pals: Her debut in the series comes as Daniel Craig gears up to retire from his longtime role, having played 007 a whopping five times (pictured in-character in 2020)

Pals: Her debut in the series comes as Daniel Craig gears up to retire from his longtime role, having played 007 a whopping five times (pictured in-character in 2020)

‘It was so easy working with him because we had become friends,’ Ana gushed, ‘So I didn’t feel out of place being part of a huge production that you have with a Bond film.

‘I love Daniel. He’s relentless. It doesn’t matter how exhausted he is, or how many broken bones he has, he still shows up and goes to work every day. It’s so inspiring.’

It comes after the 53-year-old joked he is in the nude ‘most the way through’ his final stint – and it took him a year to get in shape for the part. 

Stepping forward: Her portrayal will be a far cry from Honor Blackman, 94, who starred as Pussy Galore alongside Sean Connery in 1964's Goldfinger (pictured in character)

Modernising: Ursula Andress, 85, also graced the big screen alongside Sean in 1962's Dr. No (pictured in character)

Stepping forward: Her portrayal will be a far cry from the likes of Honor Blackman, 94, (left) and Ursula Andress, 85, (right) who starred alongside Sean Connery in the 1960s (pictured in character)

Talented: Halle Berry sensationally played Pierce Brosnan's Bond girl in 2002's Die Another Day (pictured in character)

Talented: Halle Berry sensationally played Pierce Brosnan’s Bond girl in 2002’s Die Another Day (pictured in character)

In an interview with Radio Times, Daniel discussed the film and why he thinks a female actress shouldn’t replace him as Bond.

Now in his fifties, Daniel talked about how what would have taken three months to train for his shirtless scenes when he took on Bond aged 38 in 2006 film Casino Royale, took him a year. 

‘Getting into shape for it was a lot harder than 15 years ago. Back then, I did it in three months, but this time, it took me about a year,’ he said. 

In the buff: Daniel has joked he is more naked than the women in No Time To Die

In the buff: Daniel has joked he is more naked than the women in No Time To Die

But Daniel was determined to maintain his chiselled physique for No Time To Die, and when asked if there will any racy scenes with his Bond girls, he quipped: ‘Oh, I’m naked most of the way through the movie.

‘He’s more naked than the women; I’ve designed it that way. I mean, look at Casino Royale.’ 

Elsewhere, Daniel insisted that James Bond shouldn’t be played by a female actress because they deserve their own roles that haven’t been written for men.

Progress: Amid calls for the next 007 to be played by a woman (Lashana Lynch pictured in No Time To Die), the actor stated that there should 'simply be better parts for women'

Progress: Amid calls for the next 007 to be played by a woman (Lashana Lynch pictured in No Time To Die), the actor stated that there should ‘simply be better parts for women’

Racy: The actor, 53, said he is in the nude 'most the way through' his final stint as the 007 agent, and it took him a year to get in shape for the part (pictured in Casino Royale in 2006)

Racy: The actor, 53, said he is in the nude ‘most the way through’ his final stint as the 007 agent, and it took him a year to get in shape for the part (pictured in Casino Royale in 2006)

Hot under the collar: 'He’s more naked than the women; I’ve designed it that way. I mean, look at Casino Royale', Daniel said (pictured with Lea Seydoux playing Dr. Madeleine Swann)

Hot under the collar: ‘He’s more naked than the women; I’ve designed it that way. I mean, look at Casino Royale’, Daniel said (pictured with Lea Seydoux playing Dr. Madeleine Swann)

Amid calls for the next 007 to be played by a woman, the actor, who is retiring from the role following the upcoming No Time To Die, stated that rather than cast them in male roles there should ‘simply be better parts for women.’

Daniel joins multiple stars who have spoken against Bond being played by a woman, including the franchise’s producer Barbara Broccoli.

The actor said: ‘There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour. 

Regret: During the interview Daniel also apologised for saying that he would 'rather slash my wrists' than reprise his role as James Bond (pictured in character in 2015)

Regret: During the interview Daniel also apologised for saying that he would ‘rather slash my wrists’ than reprise his role as James Bond (pictured in character in 2015)

‘Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?’

He said the addition of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to the writing team was to ‘spice it up’ but she was a Bond fan so ‘she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction’. 

Multiple actresses have supported Daniel’s statement that Bond should be played by a male actor, including Die Another Day star Halle Berry, who said on Entertainment Tonight in 2017: ‘That series is steeped in history… you know, Ian Fleming’s stories. I don’t think you can change Bond to a woman.’ 

Producer Barbara also said on Good Morning Britain in 2019: ‘We have to make movies about women and women’s stories but we have to create female characters and not just for a gimmick turn a male character into a woman.’

No Time To Die will see the introduction of the first female 00 agent, played by Lashana Lynch, sparking calls for the next Bond to be played by a woman. 

Iconic: It remains unclear who will take over the role of Bond, with speculation an actress or person of colour may be chosen for the role (pictured in character in 2015)

Iconic: It remains unclear who will take over the role of Bond, with speculation an actress or person of colour may be chosen for the role (pictured in character in 2015)

During the interview Daniel also apologised for saying that he would ‘rather slash my wrists’ than reprise his role as James Bond, adding that the comment was originally made as a joke.

The talented actor made the comment in a 2015 interview with Time Out after finishing previous 007 movie Spectre, having broken his leg during filming. 

Daniel said: ‘I was thinking, ‘I don’t know if I can do another one of these.’ I finished filming Spectre with a broken leg.’

‘To your point about being in my 50s now, I thought, ‘Do I have this in me? Do I want to go through all of this?’ I needed a break.’ 

Betting is already underway on which actor will replace the longtime favourite.

Luther star Idris Elba has been a firm fan favorite, as well as sparking heated debate about whether there cold ever be a black James Bond.

Bookies also reported heavy betting on Wolf Hall and Homeland star Damian Lewis as the next 007. If chosen, he would be the first red-haired actor to play the spy role. 

Others considered possible replacements for Craig include Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy.    

No Time To Die has been delayed by a total of 18 months due to the ongoing Covid crisis, but has finally been set for release on 30 September.   

The film was originally scheduled for release in November 2019 but was postponed to February and then April 2020 following the departure of original director Danny Boyle due to creative differences.

A China premiere and publicity tour was cancelled in April 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, originally pushing the release back to November 2020.

In October 2020 it was delayed again to April this year, with further delays happening in January and February of this year, with the world premiere date being announced as 28 September last month.

The name's Elba: Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba has long been a fan favorite to take over the 007 mantle from Craig (pictured in 2021)

The name’s Elba: Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba has long been a fan favorite to take over the 007 mantle from Craig (pictured in 2021)


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