Still, it seems woke Hollywood executives are unlikely to listen to the actresses advice and will have to learn the hard way when the film inevitably bombs at the box office.
"Miss Bond doesn't have the same ring to it," says actress Trina Parks in reference to black British actress Lashana Lynch being cast as the new 007 in the upcoming "Bond 25" film. Parks made history in 1971 by becoming the first black "Bond Girl" — starring alongside Sean Connery in "Diamonds Are Forever."
Speaking to The Mirror, Parks said that while she agrees James Bond could indeed be a black man, she could not see the 007 character being a woman.
"Lashana is a great actress, but I don't really agree with her becoming 007," Trina told the outlet. "It's not about her colour — a black James Bond, sure. But as a man. It's just because Bond, the spy code-named 007, was written by Ian Fleming as a man. Miss Bond doesn't have the same ring to it."
That being said, Trina still does appreciate that Hollywood has made steps to feature women action heroes taking on male antagonists. "I like that. But I don’t feel James Bond has to go there," she said. "It's been a tremendous franchise since the 60s, and they’ve always been innovators not followers. They set a standard — that has remained a classic film with a man as Bond. That's how I think it should stay."