James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have spoken about their long-term expectations for whoever steps into the iconic role of 007 after Daniel Craig. I’m talking to Diversity (opens in new tab) With perennial frontrunner Idris Elba seemingly distancing himself from the role, Broccoli said that while it’s still “early days” and no announcements have been made, they expect the next James Bond to stick around for the long haul.
“The thing is, it’s going to be a few years off. And when we’re playing Bond, it’s a 10-12 year commitment,” Broccoli said. “So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing? Not everybody wants to do it. It was hard enough to get [Daniel Craig to do it].” Wilson added, “And he was in his early 30s at the time!”
While the two producers are guarded about Bond’s future – the decision on who will replace Craig, for example, looks set to drag on into 2023 – it’s clear they want the next 007 period to be more like that of their predecessor. Daniel Craig played the MI6 agent in five films from 2006’s Casino Royale to 2022’s Swan Song in No Time to Die.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh yeah, it would be fun to make one,'” Broccoli said. “Well. That won’t work.”
The need for longevity in multiple films may also rule out those in their late 30s and 40s – including Henry Cavill and Tom Hiddleston. But that’s speculation for another day. See how 007 fared in our complete ranking of the best James Bond films.