What seems strange to me is wishcasting actors when we have no definite idea what Eon plans to do with the character in light of the finality of NTTD? Young Bond? Midcareer Bond (as if the Craig run was all a dream)? Multicultural Bond? Placeholder Bond, while Eon gets ready to sell? The direction of the franchise will dictate the actor.
Would've been strange not to do it since this is a James Bond fansite, don't you think? 😃
I think Amazon will have a say but it will be from BB's own shortlist.
Would be nice to get an announcement in October in line with the celebrations, but that sounds too quick for EON and I think they would rather just reflect and celebrate the 60 years. So more likely an announcement early 2023, commencing filming later in the year, for a release Nov 2024? Would coincide nicely with the 60 years anniversary of Goldfinger, which is probably the film they regard as their most iconic.
A release in 2024 wouldn't be too bad, all things considered.
I don't think they'd put an arbitrary deadline on it like the anniversary; they'll just be working through the process. Based on previous castings it seems likely that they'd hire a director and writer first too.
Slightly alarmingly there still seems to be no sign on Companies House of them opening a limited company for production of Bond 26, something they usually do for the next film before the previous one was even released. And I doubt they'll have started any official billable work on B26 unless they can put it against that company for accounting purposes.
Casting a new James Bond, hiring writers and a dirictor etc and making a movie in three years. Does that sound like EON to you? 😂
The new trailer for 'See How They Run' makes a serious case for Harris Dickinson
That looks a fun film.
And good shout on him. Ticks a lot of the boxes.
We're a long ways away from getting an actor cast:
It used to.... 🙁
On paper he looks good, but I don't see the "blunt instrument" in that face.
No surprise that it'll take more than two years from now. What's more interesting is the part about re-inventing Bond. This can mean anything. It can be argued that Bond was re-invented every time a new actor was cast. One can also say Bond was re-invented in FYEO and LTK too. But re-invented can also mean something really drastic. Time will tell.
Wait, you mean to tell me Barbara and Michael have been twiddling their thumbs for the last 2.5 years while NTTD was in the can?
Are you really surprised?
No, I was being sarcastic. It's sad that I'm not surprised. I don't know what the hell happened to this franchise this last decade, but I despair for its longevity given EON's complacency isn't exactly yielding the next generation of fans.
It's sad to see our starry-eyed optimism disapearing... 🙁
If they don't start filming till mid to late 2024, then we might not hear the next Bond till early 2024! That means another 18 months at the very least. During that time we will hear about a writer and director though. If I had to guess, I would say early next year on that front.
I am seeing some talk on Twitter of people reading Barbara Broccoli's comments as saying that Bond needs to reinvent itself to appeal to a 'Gen Z' crowd. Personally, I would love a Bond film in the vein of Euphoria. I wouldn't even mind if Sam Levinson directed and they cast cast Jacob Elordi as 007
They've actually had about 15 years to figure our what they were going to do post-Craig as we now know that DC let it be known that he wanted to kill off Bond right at the start of his reign. While the past 2.5 years must certainly have had more than their usual share of thumb-twiddling time, you can't help but wonder why they didn't start working on a post-DC plan almost from the start. Or maybe Babs was so smitten with DC that she just simply couldn't bear thinking of life without him until it actually happened.
While I admit to being very much a glass-three-quarters-empty guy when it comes to Bond right now, I do think they've got a bit of a struggle on their hands. A huge chunk of diehard Bond fans are very unhappy campers now. To win them back, Eon needed a quick, solid, palate-cleansing return for Bond. They needed to announce who the new Bond actor was within 6-9 months of NTTD and reassure the diehards that there would be a bright future for their favourite spy. Now that we know we're going to be waiting years not just for the next film, but even to know who the next actor is ("years" from the release of NTTD, that is), and Babs has spoken of a reinvention at a time when NTTD has left many diehards scratching their heads and wondering if anyone at Eon even has a clue what they're doing anymore, and with no evidence that NTTD created any new Bond fans or even particularly appealed to a younger audience, they've arguably got their work cut out for them like never before. This also means that their choice of the next Bond is more important than ever as there's no guarantee that the "James Bond" brand on its own will draw the masses into the cinema as it did in the past and therefore they may well be forced to hire a well-known actor to help with the draw rather than someone lower-key but possibly better-suited.
Just to make things even more interesting, there will be two Mission: Impossible movies coming out between now and the next Bond film, movies that will certainly have spectacular action scenes and great locations and quite probably no brooding backward reflections or Debbie-Downer storylines.
I cannot understand the strategy behind delaying another film multiple more years. They had the perfect opportunity to have the next actor and film lined up during the COVID years and apparently did nothing with that time except sulk about Craig's departure. Even a 2025 release would mean one film had been released within the past 10 years. It's sad how sluggish this franchise has become since 2015.
I don't mind Bond getting re-invented again (but I do care HOW he is re-invented), I expected to wait at the absolute minimum there years for Bond26, but I do mind that it sees they did nothing to prepare for Bond26 during Covid. I understand finding the road ahead is difficult and very important for the series so it's important not to rush it. But couldn't EON've hired a few writers to think of where to go next and what they would like to try. It would at least helped the prosess along.
I guess hiring Purvis and Wade to think and maybe write something about the future of Bond is only natural. Maybe just general direction, maybe treatments for scripts. It would be a good idea to hire Phoebe Waller -Bridge to come up with ideas too. To explore a lighter, more RM-style Bond Jane Goldman would be good pick. Antony Horowitz could also offer some ideas about the future of James Bond. Imagine if those people had been sitting in their offices coming up with ideas for James Bond during the pandemic so EON had something to build on after NTTD was released. Wouldn't that be great?
Putting Bond on hold is just baffling to me. It's leaving money on the table for quite a few years. As a business decision, this simply makes too sense.
None of us should be surprised by these comments. EON moves at its own pace, and that pace is S-L-O-W.
The part about re-inventing Bond is getting all of the attention, we could be reading too much into it. Could just be a common sense observation. After all, they killed Bond, so obviously they can’t just pick up where things left off.
As for casting someone really young to appeal to younger audiences, they might do this, but it’s not essential. Brosnan was already in his 40s in Goldeneye, but that film appealed to plenty of young people, including yours truly, who was the ripe age of 9 at the time and here I am pushing 40 commenting on a Bond fan page thanks to that film!
What we need is a charismatic Bond, not another pouting brute in shrink-wrapped clothing. If you build it, they will come.
To explore a more thriller-style direction EON could do much worse than hiring Guy Hibbert (The United Kingston, Eye in the sky) to explore options.
Another would be David Farr. He has written "The man with the iron heart", Hannah, MacMafia and "The Night Manager".
Krysty Wilson-Cairns is my pick for BOND 26. She wrote 1917, Last Night in Soho and (the upcoming) Star Wars film with Taika Waititi. My other choices are Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Josh Singer.
Both are interesting choices.
EON is just waiting for Nolan’s schedule to clear.
I think they're waiting for a lot more than that ....
This was my opinion when I heard that production wouldn't begin till 2024. It seems that it would work with either these two guys' schedule.........
Or Ridley Scott. Hard to believe he's never made a proper Bond film.
The man is amazing. He's 84 years old and still churning out two films per year. On top of that, he's still got 3-4 films in development at any given time.
Ridley Scott would've been perfect directing LTK.