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James Bond is probably getting a complete makeover, according to series producer Barbara Broccoli, who revealed to Deadline during a private event in London this week that Eon Productions hasn’t even begun looking for an actor to replace Daniel Craig yet because the next installment will be a “reinvention” of the character, one that will seemingly introduce a drastically different version of the iconic British spy who’s typically known for his charm and preference for martinis that are shaken, not stirred. “Nobody’s in the running,” Broccoli told the publication, adding that it will be “at least two years” before the next 007 movie begins filming. Last year’s No Time to Die marked the end of Craig’s career as the secret agent, culminating in an explosive finale that mandated a new version of the character that he had helped define since 2006’s Casino Royale. The movie was delayed multiple times due to coronavirus but ended up doing well with both critics and audiences, releasing in October 2021 with earnings of over $770 million at the worldwide box office.

“Nobody’s in the running,” Broccoli confirmed. “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.”

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.

The private dinner was held at Claridge’s Hotel in central London and was hosted by British Film Institute chairman Tim Richards.

EON duo Broccoli and Wilson were presented their BFI Fellowships by Bond regulars Ralph Fiennes, who plays spy chief M, and Naomie Harris who plays no-nonsense Miss. Moneypenny.

Source: Deadline

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10 comments

  1. I did not love the Craig movies. Maybe they need to shelf Bond for a while and let it chill. But they probably won't, because $$$
    I didn't like him at first, but he grew on me. he ended being one of my favorites.

    BTW I hear "reinvention" and I think black/asian/latin nonbinary, half muslim half budist fully LGBTQ+ compliant character.
  2. They/them xe/xie Bond, 00 stands for all the victim cards carried.

    BTW, the last good Bond was Timothy Dalton, I didn't like Pierce Brosnan, and Craig is anathema to the character.
  3. They/them xe/xie Bond, 00 stands for all the victim cards carried.

    BTW, the last good Bond was Timothy Dalton, I didn't like Pierce Brosnan, and Craig is anathema to the character.

    Goldeneye was good, but yeah all the other Pierce led Bond movies are groan worthy.
  4. I didn't like him at first, but he grew on me. he ended being one of my favorites.

    BTW I hear "reinvention" and I think black/asian/latin nonbinary, half muslim half budist fully LGBTQ+ compliant character.
    This was my first thought. They'll "reinvent" the character for modern audiences. This sort of thing never seems to end well. You'd think Hollywood would have learned their lesson by now. It just goes to show you just how far out of touch these weirdos are from their audiences.
  5. This was my first thought. They'll "reinvent" the character for modern audiences. This sort of thing never seems to end well. You'd think Hollywood would have learned their lesson by now. It just goes to show you just how far out of touch these weirdos are from their audiences.
    TopGun Maverick shows that "Macho" characters still fit in Hollywood. At least on the current "definition" of the term.
  6. TopGun Maverick shows that "Macho" characters still fit in Hollywood. At least on the current "definition" of the term.
    Expendables pulled that off for a bit too. I still enjoy the 1st one for laughs.


    Back to the reinvent:
    Let's not forget it'll go from license to kill to license to use harsh language when not culturally inappropriate, approved by a committee, and doesn't offend anyone. Oh, I'm sure some genius writer is already working on a mad scientist who makes a time machine or such so they can do their own multiverse extravaganza.
  7. Expendables pulled that off for a bit too. I still enjoy the 1st one for laughs.


    Back to the reinvent:
    Let's not forget it'll go from license to kill to license to use harsh language when not culturally inappropriate, approved by a committee, and doesn't offend anyone. Oh, I'm sure some genius writer is already working on a mad scientist who makes a time machine or such so they can do their own multiverse extravaganza.

    I know, everyone and their GranMa are doing the multiverse/timetravel thing nowadays.
  8. There is no need to re-invent anything that worked for better part of 50 years. I think the best thing that could happen with James Bond is taking it back to the 60s 70s. or 80s at the latest. Modern Bond is too generic. The weakest part of Craig Bonds apart from Craig himself was the lack of intimidating villains, and top henchmen, or henchwomen, because yes JB did that before most woke lunatics were even born.

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