In the latest James Bond flick, our favorite smooth-talking secret agent seemed to have finally met his maker after nearly 60 years on the job. But producer Barbara Broccoli says we shouldn’t be so sure about that.
No Time to Die has an explosive ending—literally. While James bids a mournful farewell to his latest love, Madeleine, a bomb drops on him. And the movie ends with one big explosion. And unlike every other Bond movie in existence, the film doesn’t include a post-credits scene that shows bond living his best life on some exotic island somewhere.
So, it’s safe to assume (and worry) that the Bond legacy died with Daniel Craig.
However, As the name of the movie suggests, James Bond doesn’t have time to die. He has decades’ worth of generations to wow with high-tech crime-fighting. We’re not ready to see the franchise come to an end just yet. And luckily, we don’t have to.
According to a recent interview with Deadline, we can all breathe a collective sight of relief. James Bond “will be back.” And those words came from the mouth of the franchise producer, Barbara Broccoli. So, they’re probably true.
“We’ll figure that one out,” Broccoli said when asked how James could have possibly survived the blast. “But he will be back,” she promised fans. “You can rest assured James Bond will be back.”
MGM is on the Hunt for a James Bond Replacement
Daniel Craig officially retired his Aston Martin and said goodbye to Q when he wrapped up No Time to Die earlier this year. He’s done with his stint as James Bond. And, MGM is on the hunt for a replacement.
And as of last week, the role is still “wide open.”
According to Pamela Addy, president of MGM, the studios have been talking to producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson about the next actor. But they wanted Daniel Craig to enjoy his last time in the spotlight before overshadowing him with a new bond. So they’re still in the very early stages of the search.
“We’ve had very early preliminary conversations with Barbara and Michael,” the MGM executive told The Hollywood Reporter. “But we wanted Daniel to have his last hurrah.”
However, hopeful actors began knocking on MGM’s door the second Craig announced his retirement. And there are a few suave gentlemen who have a chance of winning the part.
Pamela Addy hasn’t released any names as of yet. But there are rumors that Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page, and Idris Elba are in the running.
And the studio is also considering its very first female Bond. Lashana Lynch, who also starred in No Time to Die, is on MGM’s radar.