Probably Shaken and Stirred But Nothing Yet on Next Bond, According to Barbara Broccoli
The world of cinema is abuzz, now the writers’ strike has ended with one burning question: Who’s going to be the next James Bond? But the news isn’t good, but it’s not bad either. It’s just looks like we’re in for a bit more of a wait.
That’s right, Barbara Broccoli, the producer who’s been a driving force behind our beloved 007 franchise, spilled the beans that we’re nowhere near finding out who’s going to fill Daniel Craig‘s shoes, even though it’s more than two years since Craig’s final casting in “No Time to Die.
In a chat with the Guardian, Broccoli dished on the future of James Bond, teasing that there’s “a big road ahead” before the suave spy is back, reinvented for his next big-screen chapter. They’re in no rush, she confides, because they haven’t even kick-started the process of giving the franchise a fresh, modern twist. Makes you wonder what they have up their sleeves, right?
And you know, she made a fascinating point about the ever-evolving nature of Bond. Remember back in the ’90s, post-Cold War, when everyone was sounding the death knell for Bond? Broccoli highlighted the skepticism around the release of GoldenEye, but hey, look how wrong the naysayers were! Bond bounced back, stronger and more relevant than ever.
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Diving into Uncharted Waters: 007 Road to a Million
Now, while we’re all twiddling our thumbs waiting for the next Bond flick, Broccoli is keeping busy with a rather unexpected project. She’s teamed up with Amazon for a new Bond-themed series, 007 Road to a Million.
The premise? Nine pairs of real people duking it out in Bond-esque challenges for a cool £1m. Not your typical Bond adventure, but it sure sounds like a thrill ride, and might be worth a watch while the wait goes on.
It will be the first time the Bond brand has ventured into unscripted TV territory. We’re talking the classic theme tune, stunning locales straight out of the movies, the whole shebang.
But don’t get too excited about Bond on the small screen. Broccoli made it crystal clear: their hearts are in the cinema, and that’s where they believe Bond belongs.
“Our focus is making the feature films. When we get going on a Bond movie it takes our full attention for three or four years so that’s our focus,” said Broccoli. “
We make the Bond movies for the big theatrical screen and everything about the Bond movies is for audiences to see around the world on that format, so we’ve not wanted to do television.”
There’s something about the communal oohs and aahs when that iconic opening sequence rolls, right? We wait with baited breathe.