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14/02/2018 06:02 SAST | Updated 14/02/2018 06:02 SAST

Rachel Weisz: 'A Woman Bond? Meh'

"Why not create your own story? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories," says the movie star.

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Rachel Weisz with husband and current James Bond, Daniel Craig.

Rachel Weisz doesn't see a need to have a woman playing the next James Bond.

The actress, who became globally famous in "The Mummy" in 1999 and has starred in two or more films almost every year since, is married to current 007 Daniel Craig. She believes women should be creating their own roles, rather than taking over parts previously played by men.

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Rachel Weisz with husband and current James Bond, Daniel Craig

Speaking to The Telegraph, she said: "Why not create your own story, rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?

"Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories."

It has long been speculated that a woman could succeed Craig as the British spy when he eventually decides to hang up his holster for good.

However, many other male names have been linked to the role, amid speculation Craig may not to return to the franchise for the next film.

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Daniel has played the British spy since 2006

Idris Elba – one of the actors who has been mooted as a possible replacement – recently said the next Bond should be a woman.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in January, he said: "Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?

'It could be a woman – could be a black woman, could be a white woman. Do something different with it. Why not?"

We're in for a long wait before we get to see 007 back in action though, as the upcoming film – dubbed "Bond 25" by fans (even though it's the 27th – film nerd trivia!) until an official title is announced – will not hit cinemas until November 8, 2019.

Bosses are yet to make an official announcement about casting, although Craig did seemingly confirm he would be reprising the role last August.

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