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EXCLUSIVE: James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed that it will be “at least two years“ before the next 007 movie begins filming and that the task of finding an actor to replace Daniel Craig hasn’t begun “because it’s a reinvention of Bond.”

Speaking to us at a star-studded private event in central London to honor Broccoli and her brother Michael G. Wilson for their BFI Fellowships, Broccoli wouldn’t be drawn on who would play Bond next but did offer an update on the decision-making process.

“Nobody’s in the running,” she disclosed. “We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”

https://deadline.com/2022/06/james-...-007-reinventing-barbara-broccoli-1235053969/
 

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Why do they need to "reinvent" Bond? Audiences seem to like the character as-is.

And I'd guess the next film is 5 years away, minimum.
 

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Well, it was going to be Jane Bond but they are examining doing a gender neutral Bond that is a mix of ethnicities and that rescues the planet from an evil plot to continue to use gender defining pronouns. Finally, the Bond the world has been waiting for.

The internet is expected to react in the usual thoughtful and calm manner it always does. :P
 

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Duh. Of course filming is two years away. I would say significantly more even. And Re-invent Bond?? Time for some other producers to take over. Fresh minds-fresh ideas.
 

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Why do they need to "reinvent" Bond? Audiences seem to like the character as-is.
Because the most recent film ended with him being killed off. It has to be a reboot. They can't just continue with a new actor pretending they're playing Daniel Craig's version of the character. Of course they would take time here to come up with a new approach to go with the new actor.

They did the same thing when they transitioned from Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig. Casino Royale still gave us James Bond, but it wasn't the same stylistically as Brosnan's films. I'm sure Bond is still going to be Bond, but of course a new iteration needs to be freshly developed.

Time for some other producers to take over. Fresh minds-fresh ideas.
The Broccolis will never let that happen. Bond is their golden goose. They have reinvented the character successfully before and they'll do it again.

I think the biggest question right now should not be who the new Bond is. Before that, I think they need to determine who the next director is. That person will have a great deal of impact in setting the tone for the next several films. Martin Campbell did this successfully twice, introducing both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig's versions. Even though he only directed one film with each of them, his influence was felt long-term. Especially when they made the decision to have each of Craig's films build on each other, that meant the directors of the subsequent ones had to take certain cues from how Martin Campbell set up the first movie because the series needed to have tonal consistency. The next director will set that template not only for this film, but for the next series of films going forward with the new actor in place.
 
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I wouldn’t bet against Martin Campbell being given a shot at helming the next installment.

But all of this with the delays goes back to the pre-pandemic decision to hold No Time To Die for nearly two years. They sat in a holding pattern for that time with a finished film on the shelf and couldn’t move forward with the next one and that’s a shame. I miss the days when these came every two years like clockwork.
 

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They sat in a holding pattern for that time with a finished film on the shelf and couldn’t move forward with the next one and that’s a shame.
I get what you're saying. I'm looking forward to seeing the next film too. But I don't think the decision to hold it is the reason we're seeing a gap between films.

Even if Covid-19 never existed and No Time to Die came out in April 2020 as originally planned, they still would have needed to take a pause after its release in order to figure out where to go next. Rebooting the franchise with a new actor and new creative direction just takes more time than it would to do another installment with Craig. So I don't think there was ever any scenario in which Bond 26 with a new actor would have followed No Time to Die by two years.

They did the same thing after Die Another Day (2002) before Casino Royale (2006) and that worked out.
 

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It is fun to speculate about Bond casting. I like the choices named already and I'll add a couple that I think could excel in the role...

Tom Hardy - A terrific actor who has demonstrated his dramatic and acting capabilities in a wide range of films. His name recognition and age ( 44 years old ) might work against him being cast but I think he'd be a great Bond. His character Eames was one of my favorites from Inception where he demonstrated a bit of why he would work in a Bond role.

Richard Madden - Yep, Robb Stark. A bit younger at 36 years of age and a bit lesser known which might work in his favor. I think he demonstrated in Game of Thrones that he had the acting chops for the role.


Regardless of who is cast, I think it is a pretty safe bet that the actor chosen will hail from the United Kingdom.

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I'd like Henry Cavill or Tom Hardy, but the code represented by "reinvent" seems like they're going to try something other than another white man.

I'd heard speculation over the years about Idris Elba or Rege-Jean Page, though Elba will be 50 this fall which seems likely to be too old and Page is 34, which may be on the young side. Though by the time they film this he'll be approaching 40 which seems like the right ballpark.

David Oyelowo might be a good choice, but he's also on the older side at 46. Joivan Wade could be a younger rookie Bond (currently 28 years old; would be 30-something by filming).
 
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I'd like Henry Cavill or Tom Hardy, but the code represented by "reinvent" seems like they're going to try something other than another white man.
I would not personally infer that. I would be happy with a Bond of color if they want to go in that way. But Casino Royale was a significant reinvention of the franchise as compared to Die Another Day with Brosnan and yet Daniel Craig was still white. So I don't think the word "reinvent" means that they are locked into going with a person of color. I just think this means they're going to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a new idea, which shouldn't be that much of a surprise to anyone who saw No Time to Die. They really have no other choice here.

I just want the next guy to be the best guy they can find for the part. Any ethnicity is fine with me as long as he is a great actor who will be able to deliver a great performance.
 

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Chris Nolan should direct, after Oppenheimer.
I would be really surprised if that happens. I think Nolan gets the right of final cut on his movies now built into his contract, and I doubt the Broccolis would want to give that to him. They're going to want the final say on this movie because long after this director leaves, the franchise will still be theirs. Nolan doesn't really strike me as someone who would agree to give them final cut control.
 

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Chris Nolan should direct, after Oppenheimer.

I love Nolan and he is certainly capable, but I'm not sure I need a fractured time narrative in a Bond film. :)

More seriously, following up on Jake's point; when you read about Nolan's deal with Universal and the concessions he wrangled for Oppenheimer it strikes me as incredibly unlikely that such a deal could be obtained for his participation in a Bond film.

- Walter.
 

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