Bond 26 two years away from production: “We’re Reinventing Him”

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“We’re working out where to go with him,” states Barbara Broccoli as she gives an update on the future for 007.

Barbara Broccoli, long-running producer of the James Bond series of films has offered an update on the process of bringing the British superspy back to the screen for Bond 26, a title we’re going to safely assume won’t be the one you see when you settle down in your seat to watch the movie. We’re also going to assume that you won’t be settling into that seat before 2025 either, with Broccoli’s update suggesting that EON Production’s plans for the character haven’t progressed past the drawing board.

“Nobody’s in the running. We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through,” said Broccoli when asked about who might be lined up to play 007 next. “There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”

Broccoli and her brother Michael G. Wilson were in attendance at a star-studded event to celebrate their BFI fellowships when Broccoli offered the update, which was first reported by Deadline.

Whilst that short update doesn’t give us a lot to go off, we can perhaps surmise that this will be something akin to what film executives might term a ‘hard reboot’ rather than the softer versions we’ve seen before in the 007 franchise. With existing players like Judi Dench or Desmond Llewelyn often smoothing the passage between different iterations of the character, the term ‘reinvention’ suggests that this time, the slate may be wiped entirely clear.

Perhaps that means a much younger Bond or a markedly different tone. We’d certainly go for either of those ideas with a lighter tone to the 007 films moving forwards providing a welcome contrast to the increasing grimness of Daniel Craig’s brilliant time in the tuxedo. Whatever happens, you can be assured that we’ll let you know more as we hear it. It just might take a while before that happens.

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