- Words Sam Connor
The 26th James Bond film is set to be a "complete reinvention" of the iconic spy character, says producer Barbara Broccoli.
Following last year’s No Time to Die, after 15 years and five films as Mr. Bond, Daniel Craig has come to the end of his contract, and a new Bond must be cast.
While there has been much hype surrounding the casting of the next Bond, Barbara Broccoli, the series producer, revealed that the role had not yet been filled.
Actors such as Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Golding, Richard Madden and Regé-Jean Page have all had their names run through the Bond rumour mill, but Broccoli disclosed that although the next Bond will be male, he will be a “complete reinvention”.
“Nobody’s in the running”, she said in a speech first reported by Deadline. “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”.
As another spanner in the works, Amazon’s acquisition of studio MGM also means that the intellectual property rights over Ian Fleming’s original Bond character will be open to a looser interpretation. Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G Wilson are currently producing a new reality series, 007’s Road to a Million, which will be Amazon Prime Video’s debut TV show.