James Bond | Barbara Broccoli says they’ve not even begun the next chapter

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It’s been two years since the release of No Time To Die – but we’re no closer to a new James Bond movie, Barbara Broccoli seems to confirm.

It took a long, long time for the 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, to even get to production. And even when Daniel Craig’s swansong as 007 was complete, it then took a long, long time to get it to a cinema screen. No Time To Die was eventually released in 2021, and from there, the plan was to reboot the series once again, with a new James Bond at the heart of that.

There’s been no lack of speculation surrounding the identity of the new 007, with the likes of Rene Jean-Page and Aaron Taylor-Johnson amongst the current front runners. More recently, we’ve been hearing the rumours that Christopher Nolan is on the wishlist of Eon Productions and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

What we haven’t had is anything close to anything official.

Now, Barbara Broccoli is on the promotional trail for the incoming series 007 Road To A Million, and the question as to the future of Bond has inevitably come up. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she’s been hitting the questions back with a fine forward defensive stroke, claiming that they’ve not made much progress with the next Bond film. “It’s a big, big road reinventing it for the next chapter,” she says, adding they “haven’t even begun with that.”

The Christopher Nolan rumours suggested a James Bond film that’d go back to the past, and ally themselves far closer to the timescales and tone of the Ian Fleming novels. But that doesn’t sound like the plan that Broccoli is hatching. Instead, she talking about modernisation and how the world has moved on since the last James Bond was cast.

“I think these movies reflect the time they are in”, she told the outlet, as she confirmed too that the future of James Bond was on the big screen, not the small one.

It’s hard to believe that nothing has moved forward in the two years since No Time To Die, but more easy to believe that Eon wants to conduct its business behind closed doors, and will only tell us more when it’s ready to do so. Might 2024 be the year for more public progress? Time will tell. We’d still be surprised if the next James Bond film turned out to be a Christopher Nolan movie though…

The Guardian

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