After the release of No Time To Die, which marked the end of Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond, audiences were left with two big questions: why that decision, and what next for the Bond franchise as a whole? Who better to ask about this than the guardians of Bond's past, present and future – EON bosses and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson… And that's just what Empire did, with Chris Hewitt grilling the pair for a recent special Podcast interview.
While in the limo on the way back from a Berlin premiere of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig suggested the idea of killing his Bond to Broccoli and Wilson. Although this idea was not ultimately pursued, it was something that they considered after the release of Spectre.
When Daniel had had some rest, I said to him, "that's not the end of the story. You can't go out like that," Broccoli says of him driving off into the sunset at the end of Sam Mendes' second outing. "'It's a great starting place to see Bond in retirement and how would he deal with it? Let's think about that.' He agreed, and Michael and I started with the writers, coming up
The spectre of death has reared its head again, much to the chagrin of the studio executives. "We had to convince the studio, of course," laughs Wilson. "
No Time to Die, of course, finds Bond not only with a woman to care about (Léa Seydoux's Madeleine Swann)
We thought that Bond would be interested in having a family, but he is also afraid of it. This is because once you have a family, you are risking not just your own life, but the lives of other people as well. This was always Bond's big nightmare; to be across from a villain and to have them say that they will kill Bond's loved ones if he does not do what
It's no secret that Daniel Craig's final outing as James Bond in No Time To Die will be an emotional one for fans of the franchise. However, what many don't know is that the film's producers also wanted to pay tribute to the actor's years of service to the franchise in a very special way. At the No Time To Die premiere, which took place in front of a live audience of 4,000 people, Daniel Craig's final scene as
It's a case of, 'Where do we take it from here? Who'
When it comes to recasting an actor in a major role, the process is more complicated than just finding someone who physically resembles the original actor. The new actor has to fit the role both physically and emotionally, and they also have to be someone who the filmmakers can imagine working with for many years. In an interview, producer Barbara Broccoli explained the process of finding a new actor to play James Bond. First, the team meets with the writers to discuss where they want to take the character and the franchise. Then, they start looking at actors who they think could fit the role both physically and emotionally. Finally, they take their time to make sure they've found the right person for the job.
It's official: James Bond will return. But not until Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are ready for it to happen.
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