Apparently not everyone likes their martinis shaken, not stirred. Per diversitylongtime 007 film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Finding the next Bond isn’t as easy as it might seem, as the two producers claim they must line up candidates to play the iconic spy.
Broccoli and Wilson, the half-sibling producers who have helmed the Bond franchise since 1995 Gold eyeShe spoke openly about the difficulty of finding someone to commit to playing James Bond. “If we cast Bond, that’s a 10, 12-year commitment,” Broccoli said diversity. “So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want this thing? Not everyone wants to do that. It was hard enough to get [Daniel Craig to do it].”
Craig recently ended a 15-year stint as a suave spy, beginning in 2006 Casino royale and then four more films: Quantum of consolation (2008), skyfall (2012), spook (2015) and 2021 pandemic delayed no time to die Despite his impressive run, Craig was more than happy to retire at the end of his run, according to Broccoli and Wilson.
“With [Craig]when we were talking about this at this table, you know [whether he was] would do it, he said, “Well, I will do it. I really want to be a part of it, the whole thing.” And he lived to regret that,” Broccoli said, laughing. “But it’s a big commitment. It’s not just about filming for a few months.”
One of the early frontrunners to take on the Bond mantle was the fan favourite Idris Elbabut in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal Elba said he didn’t see Bond when he “looked in the mirror,” which some have interpreted as meaning Idris is withdrawing from competing for the role. Broccoli and Wilson admit they haven’t spoken to Elba about the opportunity in a while, but are quick to add, “He’s awesome. We love Idris.”
For the couple, casting Bond isn’t just about finding a suave man who wears nice suits well, it’s about taking the multi-billion dollar franchise in a potentially new direction and keeping up with evolving audience tastes . “When people say, ‘Oh, who are you getting?’ It’s not just about casting an actor in a movie,” says Broccoli. “It’s about reinvention and ‘Where are we taking this? What do we want to do with the character?’ And once we figure that out, who is the right person for this particular reinvention?”
“It’s an evolution,” she continues. “Bond develops just like men. I don’t know who is developing faster.”
The pressure mounts for Broccoli and Wilson to find that special someone as the 60th anniversary of the Bond franchise approaches in October. It didn’t help that MGM was recently acquired by Amazon in an $8.5 billion deal, with the Bond franchise and IP seen as a big reason for the acquisition. The sale led to the abrupt departure of the MGM film bosses Michael DeLuca and Pamela Abdy In April. “It was a real blow when we lost Mike and Pam,” says Broccoli. “We were so happy with their leadership and look forward to a smooth process. And then a hurricane came and things changed.”
But despite the change in weather and their new streaming-focused parent company, Broccoli and Wilson claim Bond will stay in theaters where it belongs. “We’re trying to keep it theatrical,” Wilson said before Broccoli interjected. “Well, we’re going to keep it theatrical,” she said. “We won’t try; we have to do it. It’s just a theatrical franchise.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/09/bond-producers-pitching-role-to-prospective-candidates ‘James Bond’ Producers Are Reportedly Pitching the Role to Prospective Candidates