Helen Mirren hints at Bond villain role as she slams lack of female baddies

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Dame Helen Mirren, 75, has hinted she already has her sights on her next film role – a Bond villain.

The acclaimed actress recently got a taste of the dark side playing Hespera, the villainous daughter of the god Atlas, in upcoming superhero sequel Shazam: Fury Of The Gods.

Now the Oscar winner admitted she's surprised 007 hasn't faced many female Bond villains – potentially putting her name forward – as she reflected on her new fantasy flick.

Speaking to Access Hollywood about her villainous role, she said: "I have not often played the main villain. When they were doing James Bond, I was like, 'Why don't they have a fabulous female villain?'

Dame Helen Mirren has discussed the lack of female Bond villains in the 007 franchise
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"All the villains were always male and I was like, 'Come on guys, have a great female villain.'

"And they never did that. And I bet they do on the next one now. I have not played a lot of villains. I think Shazam might be the first one I have played."

Throughout the years, there have only been two female villains in the British spy franchise; Lotte Lenya starred as baddie Rosa Klebb in 1963's From Russia With Love.

While French actress Sophie Marceau, 54, played baddie Elektra King in 1999's The World Is Not Enough opposite Pierce Brosnan.

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However, there have been many female henchwomen, including Grace Jones as May Day in A View To A Kill.

Aside from Shazam, Helen is set to reprise her role in Fast And Furious 9 alongside franchise star Vin Diesel.

The actress played Magdalene Shaw in The Fate of the Furious and spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which also starred Idris Elba.

Speaking about the upcoming instalment, the veteran actress spoke about getting behind the wheel of a superfast sports car – and how she and Vin got stuck in one.

The 75-year-old actress is set to play Hespera, the villainous daughter of the god Atlas, in upcoming superhero sequel Shazam: Fury Of The Gods
(Image: Getty Images for L'Oréal Paris)

Helen said: "Both Vin and I had great difficulty getting in, and then even more difficulty trying to get out, especially Vin, because he's really big.

"It was very funny."

F9 is due out on May 28. Diesel, 53, previously said he expects to bring an end to the main franchise after another spin-off and a tenth Fast & Furious movie.

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