August 14, 2023

Film & TV

Gal Gadot reveals love for James Bond prompted Heart of Stone development

Gal Gadot divulged the significance of having female-led action films in the industry

By Betty Cruise August 14, 2023
Gal Gadot is a James Bond fan
Gal Gadot is a James Bond fan

Despite being humbled, Gal Gadot has a few reservations about being fan-casted as James Bond in the female-led iteration of the franchise.

In an interview with GQ to promote her latest Netflix flick, Heart of Stone, the Israeli actress expressed her love for the 007 franchise, however, she said she believed female-led actions films could be developed with their unique take, rather than replicating the same recipe as her male counterpart.

"That's very nice of you to say, thank you,” Gadot said in response to a fan casting her as the female James Bond. “I'm such a big fan of this genre, I grew up watching Bond, and Mission, and Die Hard, and Bourne Identity.”

The Red Notice star continued: “The little girl in me always wanted to play one, and I think after the success of Wonder Woman is when I realized, 'Wait a second, there's an audience for this, where it's female-led.

“There's more space for female-led movies in the genre, and that's kind of what gave Yaron and I, whose my husband and my partner, the boost to go ahead and develop one ourselves,” resulting in the making of the Netflix thriller.

“The action, the twists and turns, the scope, the drama, I love everything about these movies, and I'm so happy that we can share Heart of Stone with you," Gadot added.

The producer of the 007 franchise, Barbara Broccoli, also echoed similar sentiments as that of the Wonder Woman star, claiming there needs to be a separate franchise for the story of a female action hero.

"He can be of any color, but he is male," Broccoli previously shared. "I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I'm not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that."