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Cara Delevingne is gunning for the next James Bond role

That’s Bond, not a Bond Girl

'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

The woman many think is perfect as the next Bond Girl wants to portray James Bond instead.

Cara Delevingne, in an interview with BBC Radio, said she is “trying to be James Bond, that’s the point.” Despite chattering that sets Delevingne as the next companion to a male Bond, she’s gunning for the role of 007 him— er, herself.

"Everyone's saying I'm meant to be a Bond girl but I'm like, 'no — I'm working on the James Bond aspect first.' I wouldn't mind being a Bond girl but I'm going for James,” she said.

Delevingne’s declaration is noteworthy in that another U.K. pop culture staple, Dr. Who— whose TV premiere came the year after Dr. No inaugurated the James Bond film canon — just gave a woman the lead role. “It’s time for a female Doctor Who,” Delevingne told BBC, “and it’s time for a female James Bond.”

Daniel Craig, the Blond Bond who has portrayed 007 since 2007’s Casino Royale, is coming back for one more film as James Bond in 2019, according to the New York Times. That means Delevingne would have to wait at least another three years to consummate that goal.

Delevingne’s film credits include the recently premiered Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (as Laureline) and last year as the Enchantress (Dr. June Moone), the principal antagonist of Suicide Squad. We were disappointed by Valerian’s latter half but happy with Delevingne’s effort against a wooden story.

Could Delevingne pull off the role of Bond? She’s from the British Isles (as have been all Bonds except Aussie George Lazenby) and Craig’s blond locks have at least familiarized the Bond audience with a 007 who is not black-haired. We’re less concerned with Delevingne’s capabilities on Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and more with what it would mean for roles like like Moneypenny, M, Q, Felix Leiter and the rest. But giving Bond a heart-stoppingly beautiful Bond Boy to rescue would break new ground, too.