Will Michelle Dockery be the First Female ‘James Bond’?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Michelle Dockery’s becoming the first female iteration of James Bond.

Here’s what we know and what the actress had to say when she was asked if she will be the first woman Bond?

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First Mary Crawley, now Jane Bond?

The question came up while Dockery was promoting her new Downton Abbey film, set in a world of propriety a long, long way away from anything James Bond would be associated with.

“I love Bond, so yeah, I’d never say no,” was her reply when asked by The Independent if she would be open to playing the iconic character.

She continued, “I think a lot is changing with those films — I’m looking forward to the next one for that reason. Those rumours about Gillian Anderson [being the new Bond], years ago, I was so up for that, it was like, ‘When does it happen, when does it start filming?”

Who could be the next James Bond?

The question has been in the air ever since Daniel Craig announced that No Time to Die, aka Bond 25, would be his last appearance in the film franchise, telling Entertainment Tonight, “I think I’ve done enough. People are going to get sick of the sight of me, and someone else should have a go.” 

So who else might be considered? There’s the obvious choice, actress Lashana Lynch, who makes her appearance in No Time to Die. She’s not the new Bond, but is a new character who takes over his secret agent number after he leaves MI6.

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Then there’s Tom Hiddleston, whose name has also been in the running for the role of the new MI6 spy.

And Idris Elba has also been a very strong contender to play James Bond.

He spoke with The Daily Mail about his hesitation to play the role, saying “Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it. You’re THAT character, and known as that character for many, many years. I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris. Not ones that take over me and solely define me.”

And those are just of the few names being considered to play the iconic English spy created by Ian Fleming in 1953.

Tom Hardy, Richard Madden, Cillian Murphy, and James Norton’s names are all also in the hat, waiting for the big announcement. When, of course, is anyone’s guess.

As Dockery noted to The Independent, if she were not to land the prime role of James (Jane?) Bond, she would relish playing a villain in the series.

“Those roles with a darker side definitely appeal to me. It’s all about them feeling authentic,” she said. “I’ve never played a really mean character, although Lady Mary can be a bit like that at times.”

In the meantime… back to ‘Downton Abbey’

Until then, Michelle Dockery always has Downton. The Downton Abbey movie returns the cast to its majestic location. Taking place in 1927, the film finds the Crawley family and the estate servants hosting a visit from none other than King George V and Queen Mary themselves.

Downton Abbey opens Sept. 20.

Read more: The Real-Life Royal Visit That Inspired the New ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie