Deciding new James Bond will “take some time” says Barbara Broccoli

Bond producer confirms they need to think about direction of the series after Daniel Craig’s departure.

Thursday night saw a new production of Macbeth finally open on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the title role. Last month some preview performances were cancelled due to Craig and other cast members going down with covid.

One of the show’s producers is Barbara Broccoli, who spoke to Variety on opening night at the Longacre Theatre. It’s not going to happen fast, that’s for sure. She told Variety:

it’s going to take some time.

She expanded on that a bit. Without going into details she basically confirmed what we were expecting anyway:

It’s a big decision.[..] It’s not just casting a role. It’s about a whole rethink about where we’re going. I’m just here celebrating one of the greatest actors on the planet, Daniel Craig.

It’s not what most Bond fans want to hear. But the producers work to their own rhythm and it’s a bit slower than Bond fans – and probably studio partners – would like.

After Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 and the definitive ending of No Time to Die it was always going to require a big decision about what next. And that decision for the next iteration of James Bond will as big as that taken following Die Another Day and the grittier films that started with Casino Royale.

Probably we can expect a shift in tone. But what that tone is exactly remains to be seen.

Source: Variety

Thanks to Bill Koenig of The Spy Command for bringing this to my attention.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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4 Responses to “Deciding new James Bond will “take some time” says Barbara Broccoli”

  • Lamon Hsayhurst

    I know they will use a British person but I think Christian Bales would be a great bond.

  • Glyn Fellowes

    It’s going to take big shoes to fill after Craig’s gritty portrale of Bond.Lets hope that whatever comes next they keep a similar format that’s as tough and broody as Craig made it.

  • Sharon

    Just don’t take the series woke, James Bond is male and white, just as Ian Fleming wrote his protagonist in the book series – anything else will be rejected as it will be seen as fake and a form of social programming.

  • albert humbert vitale

    I agree with Sharon. I am 66 years old and saw Dr. No when it first came out. If they take 007 woke I will never buy another 007 movie ticket again. Also, no DVDs or CDs or books etc.