A Long Way To Go
21st October 2023
Producer Barbara Broccoli confirms no movement on Bond 26
By MI6 Staff
The tabloids have been awash with 'Next Bond Actor' rumours since the minute Daniel Craig's incarnation of James Bond was vaporized in the climax of 'No Time To Die'. More recently, the media has turned its attention to speculating on a possible director, which is in fact, the first thing that will be announced once a first draft screenplay is ready.
All of that is a long, long way off if producer Barbara Broccoli is to be taken at her word. Speaking to The Guardian to promote Amazon Prime's new spin-off reality gameshow series '007: Road To A Million,' she said there was "a big road ahead' before Bond was "reinvented for the next chapter," and that executives "haven’t even begun" the process of modernising the series.
Rather than just recasting the role, as her father Cubby Broccoli had done in the past, it appears that the next era of Bond will have a big overhaul beyond the leading man. “I go back to GoldenEye when everyone was saying ‘the cold war is over, the wall is over, Bond is dead, no need for Bond, the whole world’s at peace and now there’s no villains’ – and boy was that wrong!” she said, adding that modernisation is necessary whenever a new actor plays the part.
Back in 2005 when Daniel Craig was cast they "wanted to focus on what a 21st-century hero would look like. Daniel gave us the ability to mine the emotional life of the character … and also the world was ready for it. I think these movies reflect the time they are in, and there’s a big, big road ahead reinventing it for the next chapter and we haven’t even begun with that."
Although the Amazon Prime gameshow uses the 007 intellectual property, there are no plans to bring James Bond himself to the small screen. "Our focus is making the feature films. When we get going on a Bond movie it takes our full attention for three or four years so that’s our focus. We make the Bond movies for the big theatrical screen and everything about the Bond movies is for audiences to see around the world on that format, so we’ve not wanted to do television.”
In the meantime, Broccoli hinted that international versions of '007: Road To A Million' may be on the cards if the British edition lands well with audiences.