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23rd February 2023

The media flurry on Bond 26 this week was groundless

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The BATFA awards were held in London at the weekend and, as usual, it provided media journalists the opportunity to quiz actors, producers, and directors with quick-fire questions as they made their way down the red carpet.

Producer Barbara Broccoli was there to support her film 'Till.' Whilst most of her questions were aimed at why her film was snubbed by the Oscars, one snuck in about the state of the next James Bond film and replacing Daniel Craig.

"No, we haven’t even started casting yet," she said. “There isn’t even a script."

That was it. But it was enough to generate pages and pages of content across the media this week. Essentially, nothing has changed since last year when the same question popped up again and again during the 60th-anniversary events and the response was identical. Well, almost identical, as this was the first time Broccoli did not tag her "we're still celebrating Daniel" motto.

How the casting process for the role flows (which after all these years is still a mystery to the media) is that a script is written, then a director is hired, followed by screen tests performed by that director, and then finally a casting decision is made. For example, the last time this happened, Martin Campbell was announced as the director of 'Casino Royale' on February 3rd, 2005. It was not until October 14th, 2005, that Daniel Craig was confirmed as the next James Bond.

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