Michelle Yeoh Didn't Think Bond Girl Sexualization In "Tomorrow Never Dies" Would Be A "Big Problem" For Women "Looking Like" Her

    "Bond was ready for change."

    Michelle Yeoh didn't have any concerns taking on her role in the James Bond franchise.

    A closeup of Michelle

    Back in 1997, Michelle joined the cast of Tomorrow Never Dies as the latest "Bond girl" — an archetype that had been highly sexualized in the past.

    Michelle rides a motorcycle with Pierce Brosnan in the film

    But the actor and martial artist says she didn't think her character would be sexualized because of her race.

    "Looking like me, I don’t think sexualization was going to be a big problem!" Michelle said in an interview with The Independent.

    Pierce and Michelle stand side by side in the film

    She added that she felt "blessed" to get the role and knew that "Bond was ready for change."

    Pierce fires a gun with Michelle nearby in the film

    "Bond had to evolve because the fan base was also evolving," Michelle said, adding, "Women were choosing the movies to go and watch, and we don’t always want to watch ones where we’re being sexualized."

    Michelle stands behind Pierce and puts her arms around him in the film

    Michelle also noted that she hoped to help make a change in other aspects of the film — especially how Asian people had been stereotyped in past films.

    A closeup of Michelle

    "I think every film should have the right to speak for itself on its own merit. It’s only when you are given the opportunity to participate that you can make a difference," Michelle shared.

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    Michelle says Asian actors now have to take their "responsibility very, very seriously" and ensure the stories coming out "are not rushed, and have been nurtured and continue to be told in the best way."

    A closeup of Michelle

    "We don’t want to be unnoticed anymore. We’ve waited for such a long time, there are so many stories to be told. We want to see our faces on screen," she concluded.

    A closeup of Michelle

    Read the entire interview here.