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Bond 26 -- News, rumors, etc.

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.”

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.

Fiennes described Broccoli and Wilson as “exemplars of film producers and filmmakers” and praised their “transcendent tenacity.”

Noting that the two producers “killed Bond” in No Time To Die, Fiennes joked that “Naomie and I are the people to fix it. You find him and we’ll train him.”

Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive Officer, hailed Broccoli and Wilson as “two giants of cinema”, not only for keeping the Bond flame alive, but for their production of independent films outside of the franchise, and for their tireless support of organisations such as The London Film Academy, the innovative film school in north London which she and Wilson founded with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Lisa Bryer, and Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

The night was a Bond love fest, peppered with warm-hearted and witty video messages from Bond luminaries including Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek and Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and Spectre.

Composer David Arnold played a grand piano, including the theme song from 1967 Bond picture You Only Live Twice with Nancy Sinatra’s soundtrack as accompaniment.

Billed as the Chair’s Dinner, Monday night’s occasion attracted 150 guests, a mixture of filmmakers, movie and theatre executives, and many who have been associated with Bond over many decades.

That last category included casting director Debbie McWilliams, hair and make-up designer Naomi Donne, EON publicity chief Stephanie Wenborn, scriptwriter Robert Wade, Maryam d’Abo (The Living Daylights), and Marc Forster, who directed 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Others in attendance included director Paul Feig, producer Eric Fellner, filmmaker Hugh Hudson, producer and BFI trustee Elizabeth Karlsen, Fiona Lamptey, director of UK features at Netflix, Netflix awards exec Tolley Shields, Kate Mara and husband Jamie Bell (who starred in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool which was produced by Broccoli and Wilson), IMDB founder Col Needham, and director Edgar Wright (Last Night in Soho), both of whom are fonts of all knowledge concerning Bond. Actress Joely Richardson and producing legend Jeremy Thomas were also at the event along with theater producer Michael Rose and writer and filmmaker Terry Gilliam.
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My money for the new Bond is on....

Okay, so they're reinventing. So how will they do this to appease the new generations yet not pissing off the older gens and source materials? Shaky stuff, not sure it'll be as "reinventing" as it will be a good reboot.
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Typical glacial pace from the Broccolis. It’s not like they were blindsided by Craig being done with Bond. They’ve known for YEARS that this is where they were going to be for the next Bond series and they’re just now in the “where are we going with this franchise?” stage?!
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I actually don’t mind the delay. We just got No Time to Die and capped off Daniel Craig’s tenure as the character. There’s not a shortage of Bond films to watch (a few I still actually have yet to watch). Let the character breathe for a bit before going straight to recasting.
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Also, it's actually refreshing to have someone pump the brakes and think about stuff, instead of churning out a poor sequel every other year.
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Also, it's actually refreshing to have someone pump the brakes and think about stuff, instead of churning out a poor sequel every other year.
Agreed. We don’t need to finish up Craig’s run and jump straight into reboot territory/the next one.
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It's ironic that you posted this today because just last night my son brought up the random thought that he was bummed that James died in the last movie. And he, being 14, assumed they wouldn't make anymore movies. I reminded him that they'll always make more because... money. That said, they've never gone there before - ie, they've never killed off 007 (granted I've not seen all the movies). So would they bring back James or are we on to 008?
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Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
Also, it's actually refreshing to have someone pump the brakes and think about stuff, instead of churning out a poor sequel every other year.
Well they do have a history pf pumping the brakes, though they rarely think about stuff on how to advance the franchise. Like GoldenJCJ said, they've known about Craig leaving for years. It's not like they were blindsided by it. Nothing refreshing about that at all.
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What if they chase someone posing as Bond. Someone that looks rather similar to Craig, but they can't confirm. I mean, only that inner circle of M, Q, Moneypenny, Nomi, and Tanner (along with Madeleine) know he's 'dead'. And when they catch up to him they find he's not Craig, they bring him aboard because he can keep up the appearance.

And Safin took out all of Spectre, so what would be the new threat organization? Maybe this Bond poser is going after small local groups to clean up like the arms and drug dealers in Casino Royale (basically any small group that had dealings with Spectre.)
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They don't need to do that. Just some smart editing and they can get whoever they want, like this.

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I double checked by clicking on the youtube link, but yes...great clip from I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, I remember seeing this in theaters after I believe I saw a positive review of the film on the Siskel & Ebert show. I also love how his mother is all put your coat on because its cold out to the both of them, and they comply knowing they better listen to his mother, lol.

I think there are so many Bond movies to rewatch that I am super cool with the franchise being reimagined/reinvented/rebooted (whatever word tickles your fancy) is still at least 2 years out (plus the time to film the new film). I thought there was a thread talking about how the Bond films were eventually all going to be re-released in UHD (4K), if so, that is yet another excuse to pick up the Bond films on home video again and give them a watch. Plenty of Bond to keep one occupied until a new movie is out.

Also, the list of folks who attended that dinner is quite the mix of actors, actresses, producers, directors, etc., and I love that there was at least one Bond Girl at the dinner.
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I actually wouldn't mind if they stop going forward and go back to the Sixties and move on from there, something like the Man from UNCLE movie.
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I actually wouldn't mind if they stop going forward and go back to the Sixties and move on from there, something like the Man from UNCLE movie.
That’s a re-invention I can get behind.
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I hope Broccoli and Wilson hire someone else than Purvis and Wade to write the script. Those guys have written/co-written every Bond movie since The World is Not Enough. Those guys are in their 60s now, the series needs new fresher voices.
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Saying they're going to, "Reinvent," the character gives me pause.

I've been watching James Bond on screen since 1977. 45 years now. I don't want a reinvention. Just like I don't want restaurants to change their menus and get rid of my favorite items (which happens all the time - pisses me off). When I go to a James Bond movie I know what to expect, just like when I go to a restaurant for that one item. If that item I came for is suddenly off the menu I'm pissed - that's why I went to that restaurant in the first place! So if what I love about James Bond is gone, well, why bother? It's not James Bond anymore. Ian Fleming got it right in 1953. He nailed it. Great character.

So if they reinvent the character and change too much, I may just say, "Well, Bond is dead, anyway. I'm done with the series."

If they take Bond and make him someone else with the same name? Nope, I'm not down with that. At that point I'm done. Movies cost too much for me to walk out disappointed or angry.
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Saying they're going to, "Reinvent," the character gives me pause.

I've been watching James Bond on screen since 1977. 45 years now. I don't want a reinvention. Just like I don't want restaurants to change their menus and get rid of my favorite items (which happens all the time - pisses me off). When I go to a James Bond movie I know what to expect, just like when I go to a restaurant for that one item. If that item I came for is suddenly off the menu I'm pissed - that's why I went to that restaurant in the first place! So if what I love about James Bond is gone, well, why bother? It's not James Bond anymore. Ian Fleming got it right in 1953. He nailed it. Great character.

So if they reinvent the character and change too much, I may just say, "Well, Bond is dead, anyway. I'm done with the series."

If they take Bond and make him someone else with the same name? Nope, I'm not down with that. At that point I'm done. Movies cost too much for me to walk out disappointed or angry.
Bond was "reinvented" constantly during its run. Mostly it was just an adaptation to the current Zeitgeist of action movies, but they also changed in tone when the actor changed. The biggest reinvention came with Craig and it still was Bond. So I wouldn't be to afraid of a reinvention. I'm pretty sure they know what makes them money. So every reinvention will be a version of Bond in the tradition of the novels.

Like I said, the biggest reinvention I would consider realistic is a change of the era, they are starting with the new actor. Perhaps they go with a younger actor, but I can't imagine they would go for a female Bond. The Broccholis never changed anything drasticly. It would be so easy for them to give us a 008 or 005, a female lead in the Bond world, Disney would have done so already, but EON cherishs the franchise and although they mix up things constantly, they never went for anything that would have changed Bond radically.
They won't start now.
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Bond was "reinvented" constantly during its run. Mostly it was just an adaptation to the current Zeitgeist of action movies, but they also changed in tone when the actor changed. The biggest reinvention came with Craig and it still was Bond. So I wouldn't be to afraid of a reinvention. I'm pretty sure they know what makes them money. So every reinvention will be a version of Bond in the tradition of the novels.

Like I said, the biggest reinvention I would consider realistic is a change of the era, they are starting with the new actor. Perhaps they go with a younger actor, but I can't imagine they would go for a female Bond. The Broccolis never changed anything drasticly. It would be so easy for them to give us a 008 or 005, a female lead in the Bond world, Disney would have done so already, but EON cherishs the franchise and although they mix up things constantly, they never went for anything that would have changed Bond radically.
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That's not what Barbara said. I think they're really looking at all the online comments from people who want a radical change to Bond, the character, and they're really considering it this time.

All the other changes to the character in the past were minor tweaks for the times. Minor tweaks. No big deal.

If they end up just making minor tweaks, fine, I'm in. But a major change? I'm out. At that point it isn't really James Bond anymore.
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That's not what Barbara said.
She hardly said anything and people are overreacting. Reinvention isn't the same as drastical change. She still quotes her fathers mantra: "Whenever you’re in trouble go back to Fleming."
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Bond films also change as world events change. That's why The World is Not Enough actually got a little better after 9/11, as part of it deals with terrorism, and now that we all worry about that the film rings a little better now (Denise Richards' performance not withstanding). And how The Living Daylights kinda loses a little steam with James fighting alongside the Taliban.

The Moonraker novel was about Germany developing an ICBM, which the idea of scared the hell out of a post-WWII UK. Today, it wouldn't a big deal what with so many countries having them.

I enjoy the Fleming books, but they were far from great literature. A lot of things in them were even more far-fetched and laughable than the movies. Yes, even Roger Moore movies.
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James Bond Producers Search for a New 007 Who Will Commit for a Decade: ‘Bond Is Evolving as Men Are Evolving’

Landing James Bond may be the biggest acting gig in Hollywood, but 007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say they still have to pitch prospective actors on the part.

When Variety catches up with Britain’s most famous producers in late August, they’re busy preparing for the 60th anniversary of Bond in October. But the search for a new actor to play the world’s most famous spy is quietly rumbling on in the background. It’s still “early days,” they claim, but whomever lands the role has to be in it for the long haul.

For a while, that person seemed to be Idris Elba. But the “Luther” star recently said he didn’t see Bond when he “looks in the mirror” — remarks that some have interpreted as Elba’s valediction to 007.

Broccoli and Wilson hadn’t recently spoken to the long-time Bond candidate at the time of this interview, but they say they understand. “He’s great,” says Wilson, and Broccoli quickly adds, “We love Idris.”

“The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off,” she notes. “And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10-, 12-year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing? Not everybody wants to do that. It was hard enough getting [Daniel Craig to do it].” Wilson interjects: “And he was in his early 30s at the time!”

The producers are seated at a roundtable in their spacious office at Eon House, the headquarters of their production banner Eon Productions — a stately, towering Edwardian home on London’s Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park and nearby Buckingham Palace.

The half siblings — whose mother Dana Natol was married to Broccoli’s father, Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, Bond’s co-founding producer — have served as the caretakers of Bond since “GoldenEye” (1995), which starred Pierce Brosnan. They worked with the “Remington Steele” actor for another three movies — “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), “The World Is Not Enough” (1999) and “Die Another Day” (2002) — before hiring Craig for “Casino Royale” (2006).

The duo formed a strong bond with Craig, and together evolved the character over the course of four more films, including “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012), “Spectre” (2015) and last year’s pandemic-delayed “No Time to Die,” before Craig bowed out as 007. Well before the star’s last turn, however, speculation was rife about his replacement, and Broccoli and Wilson have already been fielding questions about the franchise’s next chapter for years.

Most young actors, say Broccoli and Wilson, think they want to do Bond, but don’t fully fathom the commitment of carrying a franchise across many years. “A lot of people think, ‘Oh yeah, it’d be fun to do one,” Broccoli laughs out loud. “Well. That ain’t gonna work.”

It’s also a matter of resources for Eon Productions, explains Wilson. “It’s a big investment for us, too, to bring out a new Bond.”

Ultimately, the casting process isn’t simply about choosing someone for a role in a movie, they underline.

“That’s why, when people go, ‘Oh, who are you going to get?’ it’s not just about casting an actor for a film. It’s about a reinvention, and ‘Where are we taking it? What do we want to do with the character?’” says Broccoli. “And then, once we figure that out, who’s the right person for that particular reinvention?


“With [Craig], when we had the conversation at this very table about, you know, [whether he was] going to do it, he said, ‘Well, I’m going to do it. I really want to be a part of it, the whole thing.’ And he lived to regret that,” says Broccoli with a burst of laughter. “But it’s a big commitment. It’s not just showing up for a couple of months of filming.”

As Brosnan once said, she quotes, “More people have walked on the moon than have played James Bond.” (Indeed, there have been only six Bond actors to date since the first movie, “Dr. No,” in 1962: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Brosnan and Craig.)

Both Wilson and Broccoli, who is a director of the U.K. chapter of women’s advocacy org Time’s Up, have left their mark on Bond, particularly in humanizing the once-womanizing spy and ensuring more fulfilling, meatier roles for the female stars of the franchise. These are qualities that will continue in the next films, says Broccoli.

“It’s an evolution,” she says. “Bond is evolving just as men are evolving. I don’t know who’s evolving at a faster pace.”

Craig, she adds, “cracked Bond open emotionally,” bringing audiences into the character’s inner life. “The films over his tenure were the first time we really connected the emotional arc.”

Another first for the producers has been boarding a TV show based on Bond. As revealed by Variety earlier this year, Amazon’s Prime Video greenlit its first TV series based on the iconic British spy with adventure reality show “007’s Road to a Million,” a Bond-style spin on a race around the world.

“People have always come to us about doing a TV show, [saying,] ‘Oh, you should do a Bond challenge,’ but we always stayed away from it because we didn’t want to put people in danger and have them do dangerous thing, because it’s not for members of the public — it’s for trained professionals,” explains Broccoli.

But “007’s Road to a Million” was the first time a producer — Britain’s 72 Films (“The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty”) — approached the pair with an idea that seemed both “fun” and also safe. “It wasn’t going to be dangerous to the participants is the key thing,” notes Wilson.

Broccoli and Wilson are producing the eight-part series alongside 72 Films and MGM Studios. The show is now in production and “it’s looking really great,” enthuses Broccoli.

“Audiences will get a big kick out of it, and that’s why we agreed to do it,” she says. “I mean, it surprised us as well as everybody else. Like, wow, we’re gonna do this.”

News of the show emerged just a week after Amazon closed its $8.5 billion deal for MGM in March, with the Bond franchise believed to be a powerful driving force behind the acquisition.

When the proposed deal was first announced in 2021, Broccoli and Wilson were quick to extinguish any speculation about a streaming play for Bond, and issued a statement assuring audiences that the movies would remain in cinemas. (Even in this interview, when asked whether Amazon might ask for a narrative Bond TV show, Wilson notes, “We’re trying to keep it theatrical,” and Broccoli swiftly retorts: “Well, we’re gonna keep it theatrical. We’re not going to try; we’ve got to do it. It’s just a theatrical franchise.”)

But the greatest shock around the Amazon takeover, they say, was the sudden departures of MGM film bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in April.

“It was a real blow when we lost Mike and Pam,” says Broccoli warily. “I mean, that was just — you know, we’ve had a roller coaster ride over the years with MGM and United Artists and all that stuff, for many, many years. There’s been a lot of ups and downs and we were so happy with their leadership and so looking forward to smooth sailing. And then a hurricane came and things changed.”

Broccoli is “eager to find out” who will be replacing the studio heads at MGM, which has yet to name a successor. In the meantime, the producers are working “very closely” with Alana Mayo of MGM’s division Orion Pictures on the movie “Till,” about Emmett Till, an African American boy who was brutally murdered in a Mississippi hate crime in 1955.

“She’s an amazing, wonderful, talented woman,” says Broccoli of Mayo. “I’m really loving working with her on this film, and UA are a great team.”

If the break from Bond has accomplished anything, it’s given the producers time and space to focus on “Till” and other projects, of which there are many. Alongside “Till’s” October release, Broccoli has a musical of “Sing Street” being staged in Boston, and another theater project with director Erica Schmidt in the works. Meanwhile, Wilson has written a TV show that the duo are looking to set up.

As well as serving on the board of Time’s Up U.K., Broccoli is the chair of First Light, a youth-focused filmmaking initiative, a founding member of the London Screen Academy, and the president of the National Youth Theatre.

The work of Time’s Up U.K., Broccoli says, is “vitally important,” and plans to form an Independent Standards Authority to handle issues of sexual harassment and abuse are underway. “It’s important for people to have somewhere to go to hear their grievances, and for some sort of system to help sort that out,” she says.

Broccoli and Wilson are also go-to industry leaders for the British Film Institute, which will soon set out its next 10-year policy. A former chair of the BFI U.K. Film Skills Taskforce, Broccoli admits that while the demand for production in the U.K. is “great,” it has to be “sustained by a workforce.”

“We have a skill shortage, and we have a diversity issue,” she says. “For me, I kept saying, ‘Let’s put them together.’ Let’s train people from diverse backgrounds for jobs that are needed. There are lots of people who are super talented but have not necessarily felt that the film industry was for them.”

And aside from advising on the future of the British film industry, there’s of course the question of Eon’s own next chapter. Asked about the stewardship of the company in the years ahead, Wilson jokes that Broccoli is “the spring chicken,” and at the height of her abilities.

Broccoli laughs along, but then turns serious.

“I’m gonna die with my boots on,” she says. “My joy is my family and my work. I don’t see it as a hardship. Every day, you’re up against new challenges, and it’s fun and it keeps you young.”

On Sept. 21, Broccoli and Wilson are the recipients of two Hollywood honors. In the morning, they will leave their hand and footprints at a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre. Later that day, at the Beverly Hilton, they are the recipients of the Pioneer Award from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which honors industry leaders with outstanding philanthropic endeavors and provides financial support to those in need in the distribution and exhibition sector.

“[Those who work in distribution and exhibition] are in many ways unsung heroes because it’s been very challenging times,” says Broccoli. “Movie houses are the places people go to dream, and we have to fight to keep them going. These are the people fighting the good fight. We have to support them.”
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Also, interesting to note... with the passing of the Queen, this will be the first Bond film that he would not be serving under her majesty's secret service (if they chose to incorporate real world events).
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Working title: On His Majesty's Secret Service.

If they need someone for a long haul, get a fresh face that has no connection to any "verse" or other commitments.

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