The search for the new James Bond is officially underway and will be long

Speculation about who will take on the role of James Bond has reached the feverish level it always does when passing the license to kill, even if the current decision is still a long way off. With Daniel Craig’s final performance as 007 in 2021 There is no time to die Firmly in the rearview mirror, longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have talked about what the future of their family business could look like.

In an interview of 21 September a Variety, Broccoli and Wilson revealed what the process of finding a new star in the franchise entails and why it can be difficult to find an actor willing to sign for an extended period.

“The thing is, it’s going to take a couple of years,” Broccoli said Variety. “And when we choose Bond, it’s a 10, 12 year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing? Not everyone wants to do it. It was hard enough to get it [Daniel Craig to do it]. “

Idris Elba has long been raised by fans, but Elba is 50 years old and a middle-aged Bond looks like a non-novice, as well as a young man. Wilson told the British Film Institute: “In the past we have tried to look at young people. But trying to visualize it doesn’t work. Remember, Bond is already a veteran. He has had some experience. He is a person who has been through wars so to speak. He probably he was in the SAS or something. He’s not a high school kid that you can take in and get started. That’s why he works for a thirty year old. “

In the same conversation, which was covered by Deadline, Wilson explained that they always use the same romantic scene which is “hard to do” when trying out a potential new Bond on screen. “[It’s] the one inside From Russia with love, where Bond returns to his room after the murder and starts taking off his shirt, enters the room to take a bath. Then he hears something, takes the gun, goes in and the girl is in bed. “

During the meeting of the producers Variety In the interview, Broccoli talked about how rare the opportunity to play James Bond is – only six actors have done so – and that the character needs to catch up and keep up with the cultural moment. “Bond is evolving just like men are evolving,” he explained. “I don’t know who is evolving at a faster rate.”

To this end, there have been requests for a more diverse casting in the role. Lashana Lynch’s MI6 agent received the 007 designation in there is no time to die, even though his character obviously wasn’t Bond. There has never been a black man in the role of James Bond, even if names like that by Bridgerton Rene-Jean Page, Daniel Kaluuya, and Damson Idris have all been popular suggestions among fans. John Boyega, who broke boundaries as part of the Star Wars franchise, said he’d be interested if asked, but expressed doubts that we’ll see a Black Bond soon.

One of the major behind-the-scenes changes in the Bond universe is that Amazon now owns MGM, giving the platform access to the entire catalog of the franchise as part of an incredible $ 8.5 billion deal and, starting October 5, all movies are available to stream on Prime Video,. The streaming platform will also air the first series of Bond-based reality competitions, with Broccoli and Wilson as producers.The road to a million 007 they will pit contestants against each other for the £ 1 million title as they travel through iconic Bond locations and perform physical and intellectual challenges.

Anyone who isn’t particularly interested in the future of the Bond franchise? The former 007 Pierce Brosnan, who told British GQ, “Who should do it? I don’t care ”, before wishing the next interpreter good luck.