13 Badass Actresses Who Should Be The Next James Bond

Because why the hell not?

07/11/2015 7:11 AM AEDT | Updated 11/11/2015 3:25 AM AEDT

One possible way to mitigate James Bond's womanizing, misogynistic ways? Make James Bond a woman. 

As Daniel Craig takes his final turn as Bond in "Spectre" this week, much has made of who will inherit the role next. Many agree there's no reason a black actor shouldn't play the role while others wonder if future iterations could feature a gay 007. This week, Daniel Craig said there could "definitely" be a female James Bond someday. 

"Sure, yeah, definitely. I think it’s a great idea. If it works it works," he told Bustle of the possibility of a female Bond. "That’s the great thing about film is it’s all about imagination so of course it could happen... Anything’s possible."

Casting women in prominent roles that were initially written as male characters, or played by men in prior movie adaptations, isn't unprecedented. Afterall, Judi Dench played M, the Head of the Secret Intelligence Service originally written as a man, in multiple Bond films. 

An all-female cast remake of Ghostbusters will be released July 22, 2016. Sandra Bullock is supposedly leading an Ocean's Eleven movie with an all-female reboot. Daniel Craig himself called James Bond a 'misogynist'; so maybe it's time for there to be a feminist take on James Bond. Because, really, why the hell not?

Here are 13 badass actresses who would be amazing as the next James Bond.

  • 1 Meryl Streep
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    Because, honestly, who doesn't love Meryl Streep? She's starred in dozens of films, won multiple awards and has "actual goddamn talent."
  • 2 Cate Blanchett
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    Regularly calling out Hollywood sexism, Blanchett would be a great feminist actress to balance out the misogynistic qualities of James Bond of old.
  • 3 Halle Berry
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    With an incredible performance in "Monster's Ball" and being the first African American to win Best Actress, Berry is more than up to the challenge of playing new roles and exceeding expectations.
  • 4 Julianne Moore
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    Why can't Bond be a badass and redhead? Julianne Moore is the talented answer.
  • 5 Laverne Cox
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    Welcome to 2015 where anything is possible, including the possibility of having an Emmy-winning actress and a trans woman of color to play the part of James Bond. Cox has a leading part on "Orange is the New Black," a role that has propelled her into stardom and as an outspoken leader in the transgender and LGBTQ community.
  • 6 Jodie Foster
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    Foster has acted since childhood, starred in various roles and won Best Actress Oscars in "The Accused" and "The Silence of the Lambs." She's starred in challenging and engaging roles and is used to playing roles where she stands up for herself and those around her.
  • 7 Natalie Portman
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    Playing the strong female lead in "V for Vendetta" and her Oscar-worthy performance in "Black Swan," Portman proves she has the versatility and resilience to play challenging characters. Also, who could ever forget the SNL Digital Short featuring Natalie rapping about her real identity?
  • 8 Emilia Clark
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    She's more than just Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" because she is the Mother of Dragons and used to playing leaders and women in power.
  • 9 Lucy Lawless
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    If they're not going to remake "Xena: Warrior Princess" then it would be amazing if Lucy Lawless could channel her inner Xena for the role of James Bond.
  • 10 Viola Davis
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    In 2015 Viola Davis became the first African-American to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama, and her acceptance speech was unparalleled. With both knock-out performances, just imagine what she'd do as James Bond.
  • 11 Lucy Liu
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    From starring in a variety of action-packed movies like "Charlie's Angels" and playing the gender-swapped role of Watson in the modern Sherlock Holmes adaptation "Elementary" and even directing a few episodes, playing a James Bond role shouldn't be too far-fetched for this actress. 
  • 12 Rosario Dawson
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    Dawson starred in "Daredevil" and "Sin City" so action films wouldn't be new for this badass actress.
  • 13 Rosie Perez
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    With Rosie Perez leaving "The View" to pursue acting full-time, this sounds like a good opportunity to pursue some lead roles typically portrayed by men. 

BONUS: With every great Bond movie comes great significant others. Here are 6 actors who could be great "Bond Men."

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