The James Bond series is based on a fictional British Secret Service agent created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. Bond has been a major influence in the spy genre since the release of Dr. No in 1962. Barbara Broccoli, the producer of ‘No Time to Die,’ recently stated that finding the next James Bond will take some time.
As soon as Daniel Craig announced in 2019 that “No Time to Die” would be his fifth and final film as international spy James Bond, rumors began circulating about who might take his place and haven’t stopped since. The names Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, and even “Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi have been mentioned in connection with the coveted role, and Lashana Lynch became the first woman to hold the 007 title when her role of Nomi took over Bond’s position in the most recent film.
Barbara Broccoli, the Bond franchise’s producer, stated that “it’s going to take some time” before Craig’s replacement is named. “It’s a big decision,” Broccoli told Variety on Thursday at the Longacre Theatre during the opening night of “Macbeth,” which she is producing and in which Craig also stars.
“It’s not just casting a role. It’s about a whole rethink about where we’re going. I’m just here celebrating one of the greatest actors on the planet, Daniel Craig.”
Broccoli continued to praise Craig‘s acting abilities, which she has supported as a producer in all five of his Bond films, beginning with “Casino Royale” in 2006 and ending with “No Time to Die” in 2021. She also worked as a producer on Craig’s most recent stage appearance, in Sam Gold’s 2016 production of Shakespeare’s “Othello” at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Gold is directing Craig once more in his adaptation of the Scottish play, in which Craig co-stars with Oscar nominee Ruth Negga.
“He has an amazing range and he can do anything. He’s just the greatest actor ever, and I think audiences will be thrilled by this portrayal because he’s funny, he’s dangerous, he’s all the things you would want. Together — he and Ruth — it’s just sexy… The chemistry between the two of them, the volatility, it’s like fireworks and it’s fun and sexy and there’s lots of blood.”
The production, like a number of other Broadway shows, has encountered numerous COVID issues, with Craig briefly leaving his role after testing positive for the virus earlier this month. “Macbeth” was shut down for 11 days, and Gold even stood in for one of his missing actors on April 14, with an assistant stage manager feeding him lines through an earpiece. Broccoli praised Craig’s leadership and said the company has been “making the most of it.”
“Daniel is such a great company leader. He kept the spirit and the momentum going, because at one time we had 11 of the actors out, including Daniel, so he bounced back and Ruth is incredible… We have a great show and I’m just so pleased that things are looking up.”
Let’s wait and see who gets the part. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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