James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the long-time custodians of the notorious spy, have said the possibility of supplanting Daniel Craig isn’t something they’re entertaining until 2022.
In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s famous Today program on Monday morning, the half-siblings and heads of Bond outfit Eon Productions were inquired as to whether they have decided who may supplant Craig’s 007.
“Oh God no,” said Broccoli. “We’re not thinking about it at all. We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”
Concerning whether Craig, who has played Bond for 15 years, may have a say about the next iteration of the British spy, Wilson said, “He’s been such a great Bond. Those are big shoes to fill. I can’t even [think if it’s] possible.”
Betting organization William Hill’s top favorites to play Bond are as of now Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page, James Norton, Luke Evans, Idris Elba and Henry Cavill.
Prior, Broccoli told the U.K’s. Press Association news agency that Bond would not be played by a woman. “James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women.
“I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male. And I’m sort of in denial, I would love for Daniel to continue forever,” said Broccoli.
In their Radio 4 interview, Wilson added that Craig has “changed” the series and would be always be a “big part” of its history, and Broccoli was similarly complimentary of Craig, calling him a “tremendous actor.”
“We’re very, very lucky to get him to play this role,” she said. “We could see he was reluctant to do it, because he knew it would change his life, which it obviously has. It’s changed his life, but it hasn’t changed him. What he’s enabled us to do with the franchise is really explore the emotional life of Bond and go into the person and complexity and conflicts that happen within the Bond character.”
Discussing Amazon’s takeover of MGM, the parent organization of Eon, and what it may mean for Bond, Broccoli and Wilson didn’t uncover any questions about the franchise, however details are as yet scanty.
“We’ll keep going,” said Broccoli. “Next year it’ll be the 60th anniversary of the Bond films, so we’re looking forward to the new chapter, whatever it brings. We’re not quite sure at the moment. Right now, we just want to celebrate ‘No Time to Die’ and Daniel’s extraordinary achievement.”
Recently, Eon revealed to Variety that it’s “committed to continuing to make James Bond films for the worldwide theatrical audience” in spite of Amazon’s $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM.
Wilson depicted “No Time to Die,” which has its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday (Sept. 28) as a “great film, plenty of action, plenty of stunts, exotic locations and a very emotional, underlying love story.”