"The thing about it is, if you say anything about Bond it becomes the headline, right?" Murphy told the Guardian.
"There's two things I’ll say about that. Firstly, there’s a whole other industry which is completely separate from the film side of things, and that's the bookies. The second thing I'd say is that I think it should be a woman, which rules me out."
Craig himself also said that women should be considered for the role. According to the Mirror, he said: "I think that everybody should be considered. Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board."
However, Barbara Broccoli, an executive producer of Bond movies since Goldeneye, says that 007 will never be a female.
In an interview with The Guardian she said:
“Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male....We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
Time will tell if the next Bond will be a woman or not, but in the meantime Murphy's fifth season of Peaky Blinders is expected to return later this year.