James Bond Boss Offers Update on Search for Daniel Craig's 007 Replacement

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Photo credit: MGM
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James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has given an update on the search for the next 007, admitting it may be quite a while off yet.

Following Daniel Craig's swansong on last year's No Time to Die, the rumour mill has been in overdrive on who his replacement as the spy will be – including the likes of The Witcher's Henry Cavill and the Bond franchise's own Lashana Lynch.

However, speaking at the opening night of Craig's Broadway production of Macbeth, the producer told Variety that "it's going to take some time".

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

"It's a big decision," Broccoli said. "It's not just casting a role. It's about a whole rethink about where we're going. I'm just here celebrating one of the greatest actors on the planet, Daniel Craig."

It comes after studio MGM's boss Pamela Abdy confirmed late last year that the field is "wide open" for the next Bond.

"We've had very early preliminary conversations with Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [Wilson], but we wanted Daniel to have his last hurrah," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Photo credit: MGM/Nicola Dove
Photo credit: MGM/Nicola Dove

Broccoli also said last year that they would "start thinking about the future" this year, adding of the possibility of Craig having a say: "He's been such a great Bond. Those are big shoes to fill. I can't even [think if it's] possible."

One star who doesn't fancy their odds in the role is Outlander's Sam Heughan, who is one of the perennial names in the mix for the role and recently admitted to The Gentleman's Journal: "I think the odds are a bit of a fallacy.

"I mean, I'm obviously such a huge fan of the Bond movies. I actually just re-watched the most recent one again, No Time To Die. I mean, it would be an incredible job, wouldn't it?"

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