First I’d like to heave a sigh and say ‘what a sensationalist non-story’. Barbara Broccoli was asked if she would consider a female director and she said ‘of course’. That does not mean they’re considering a female director for Bond 25. In fact I’m pretty confident they’re not given that the shortlist was released a while back and Yann Demange is currently the frontrunner (he’s half Algerian by the way, that’s pretty neat from a diversity standpoint).
I’m not opposed to diversity, in front or behind the camera. In fact I think it’s a good thing. I’m just getting fed up with the way it’s being presented in the media. I find attributing Wonder Woman’s success to fact it was directed by a woman to be very disrespectful to Patty Jenkins. It was a success because she was a talented filmmaker who had a passion for the material, something that had been missing from the previous DCEU films. Thinking you can replicate that success by just hiring more women would be a classic case of Hollywood learning the wrong lessons.
A while back Susanne Bier’s name was floated as a possible director for Bond 25. I found her to be one of the most interesting suggestions, not because she’s a woman, but because she did a great job with the a John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager.