James Bond is one of British cinema's most successful franchises, with an esteemed group of actors having played Sir Ian Fleming's creation, from the late Sir Roger Moore right through to Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig, among others.
However, while a gender and race debate has been sparked in recent years over the possibility of the character going in a different direction, the producer of the franchise appears to have ruled out a female Bond, saying that it will 'probably' never happen.
Barbara Broccoli, who's also in charge of casting 007, told the Guardian: "Bond is male. He's a male character. He was written as a male and I think he'll probably stay as a male.
"And that's fine. We don't have to turn male characters into women."
This is a much different answer to the one she gave last year to the Daily Mail. Broccoli, who is worth an estimated $300m, and is considered one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, said: "These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible.
"Right now, it's Daniel Craig, and I'm very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?"
The late Sir Roger Moore also weighed on the debate. Speaking shortly before he died, he said to the same paper, "I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they wouldn't be Bond for the simple reason that wasn't what Ian Fleming wrote.
"It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist - it is simply about being true to the character."
As for the latest production, it is thought the long-awaited 25th film in the series will be released sometime next year. Craig, who is considered one of the best Bonds, has said that the 25th Bond film will be his last.
His replacement has long been rumored to be the black British actor Idris Elba, who sent fans into meltdown with a cryptic tweet that was a direct reference to the famous character. "My name's Elba, Idris Elba," he tweeted
If Elba were to be cast, he would be the first black actor to play the famous British spy and the 14th incarnation.