Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson won’t start looking for a new James Bond actor until they know who he’s up against.
Maybe no time to die marked the end of James Bond of Daniel Craigbut the end credits keep promising that 007 He will be back, though he won’t be the same Bond that audiences have known for the last five films. Now that Craig’s turn as the super spy from Ian Fleming is over, the time has come for the role to pass into the hands of a new actor.
Whoever plays Bond in the 26th film will be the seventh actor to take on the role in the film series and the producers Barbara Broccoli y Michael G. Wilson they want the next actor to stay in the role for at least a decade. However, before they and their team try to get that commitment, they are going to decide the character’s trajectory.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the duo were asked about the speculation and whether it affects their creative approach to the franchise. Broccoli said they are currently “thinking about the trajectory of the Bond movies and the storylines and where we want to take them” before casting 007 due to the time commitment the role requires. But they are clear that they will not look for a new James Bond without knowing which villain he will face in his new mission.
“We always sit down with our writers and start by thinking about what the world is afraid of. We started by thinking: ‘Who is the Bond villain?’
Fleming’s original Bond stories were products of the Cold War, and in the earliest of them, Bond fights against the Soviet intelligence agency. SMERSH. When Craig took on the role of 007 in Casino Royalethe fear of the world behind the 11-S It was the terrorists. So, the villain of that movie, The number (Mads Mikkelsen), was a man who finances them. However, according to Broccoli, politics is not the only thing that goes into making a Bond villain:
“We try to focus on that as a kind of bigger story, and then we want to look at Bond’s emotional life as well, and what he’s going to face personally and what he hasn’t had to face before. So he has two big problems in the movies: one is geopolitical and the other is personal.
The later Bond films leaned heavily on the side of personal conflict; Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) in Heavy rain was a dark reflection of the agent, while Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in Spectre he was reimagined as Bond’s adoptive brother. Debates about the police state fell by the wayside. No time to die he too deals more with tragedy than sociology, despite a coincidental reflection of the real world; Safin (Rami Malek) is a bioterrorist in a movie released during a global pandemic.
If the key to a great Bond villain is a proper balance between geopolitical and personal conflict, then restoring that balance in the next film will be key.