No Time to Die will see the end of Daniel Craig’s time as 007. However, there has always been a new James Bond to replace what came before, and this time will be no different. We all know that Bond will return with a new face eventually, but how long might it take for a new James Bond to be chosen. As per the coverage by THR.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s flagship morning news show Today on Monday alongside fellow Eon Production head (and half-sibling) Michael G. Wilson, Broccoli said they hadn’t made any decision as to who would step into Craig’s blood-splattered brogues and wouldn’t start doing so until 2022.
“We’re not thinking about it at all,” she said. “We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”
Added Wilson: “He’s been such a great Bond. Those are big shoes to fill. I can’t even [think if it’s] possible.”
There will always be Bond films as long as there is money to be made from them, and there always will be. Fans will accept a break of a few years and a re-invention of Bond every now and again. Essentially, that means that even if someone in charge gets Bond all wrong, a quick change of the guard and a reboot and fans will come back, if the movies are good. But who are the favorites?
Honestly, there are too many to mention them all. Tom Hardy is currently the betting favorite, but I’m not sure that’ll happen, as he’s already 44. Idris Elba has long been tipped as the first POC to play Bond, again, I wonder whether Elba is just little too old to begin now at 49. I think 10 years ago, I’d have chosen Elba myself, now I’m not so sure. Being greedy, and being British, my one fan want for a new James Bond is that he is Scottish. All of the Nations that encompass the U.K. have at some point had a James Bond. However England has now had two Bonds and for me it’s time we went back to the start and had a Scottish Bond again.
On that front many fans have tipped Eternals star Richard Madden. For me Madden might just be hitting the perfect age window to begin the role. Especially if there was a few years delay, as Madden is currently 35. If not this time, then that’s Madden out as he will miss his window. For me, Bond should never be younger than 34, and never older than 43, when he starts. At 53 Craig is the perfect age to be hanging up his license to kill having begun when he was 38. If Madden began at 36/37, it would be perfect.
Who should be the new James Bond when they finally get round to looking next year? Do you agree with my age range rules, or are they just nonsense? Leave any comments below, shaken, not stirred.