Now that Daniel Craig has peaced-out of the 007 franchise for good after last fall's Spectre, the search for MI6's most alcoholic secret agent is on.
Rumors naming a variety of actors, from Tom Hiddleston to Idris Elba to Tom Hardy to David Beckham to Daniel Radcliffe to One Direction's Niall Horran (?!), have surfaced and been quickly shot down. Now, fans are taking to Twitter to cast their votes for who they'd want to see take up the Bond mantle with #NextBond, and a previously unnamed performer is sweeping public support: Gillian Anderson.
The X-Files star agreed, tweeting a fan-made poster showing what she might look like as the franchise's first female Bond.
Over 10,000 retweeters were ready for Jane Bond (side-note: it'd be even more progressive if she took the role but still went by James Bond; why not shatter gender normative names while we're at it?).
Unfortunately, after getting everyone's hopes way, way up, Anderson clarified on Tumblr that she doubts this will ever happen.
Well, it’s not news, it’s a fantasy. Someone made a fabulous poster and it started an intriguing conversation. Will it ever happen in the real world? More than probably not.
The first girl Bond would be a huge step up for the role women play in 007 films, considering how misogynistic early entries in the franchise were, where Sir Sean Connery can be see casually beating, drowning, and condescending to his female counterparts.