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George Lazenby tips “ballsy” Margot Robbie as first female Bond

by WENN April 6th, 2020, 11:05 am

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Margot Robbie is former James Bond star George Lazenby's top choice to play the first female 007.

As No Time to Die marks the final outing for Daniel Craig as the British secret service agent, fans are hotly wondering whether or not a female actress will be announced as his replacement.

And speaking to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Lazenby – who was just 29 when he appeared as Bond in his sole outing, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969 – confessed he'd "rather see a woman on screen than a man," and tipped fellow Aussie Margot as his top pick for the role.

"There's an Australian actress who's over here that I was just listening to on the television today, Margot Robbie," he said. "She would be good. She's ballsy.

"She comes across like she's very confident…"if you can pull that off, people will believe you."

The 80-year-old actor went on to suggest producer Barbara Broccoli could turn to mixed martial arts to find a female 007.

"Some UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighters are women. They're capable. I wouldn't like to meet one in a dark alley," he added.

Lazenby famously opposed the idea of a female 007 in 2018, saying, "It wouldn't work. If you hit a woman, you get arrested." However, he later clarified his comments, reflecting "we have far to progress on equality" and adding: "I hope I can be known as The Spy Who Loved #MeToo."