Sunday, 2 October, 2022: Speaking at the BFI’s ‘In Conversation: 60 Years of James Bond‘, producer Michael G. Wilson says that when it comes to reflecting changing times however, James Bond films should “not just embrace everything immediately“, arguing that “sometimes things that you think are really important and key are completely out of date 10 years later“.
Wilson goes on to say that the films will continue to draw on Ian Fleming’s original novels, with the author’s “rich” storytelling allowing for various interpretations of the stories and character.
“If you actually read the Bond novels, they’re pretty good literature when you get down to it [and] Bond’s a very complex figure,” Wilson said. “That’s why it’s lasted so long, because you can pull out of Fleming all kinds of situations and interpretations of Bond, and each one of the actors that’ve played it have taken it on as their own and reinterpreted Fleming but they’ve always found the basis for the character in Fleming, which shows you how rich he was a novelist.”
Friday, 30 September, 2022: To coincide with the 60th Anniversary of James Bond, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson appeared on The Empire Film Podcast, where they reiterated that there will be a “reimagining” of the films and that the new actor will be in the role for at least a decade.
“When you change the actor you have to reimagine the direction the film’s gonna go in. When you hire an actor, you’re hoping you’re going to spend a decade at least with them and make four or five or six films with them. So you have to think through, ‘what is the trajectory? What is that actor going to bring? How are you going to move the series into another direction?’”
“We’re going to take our time. We want to get a sense of where we want to go with the series and we want to do that before we bring anybody else on. We’ll start the process probably with Robert Wade and Neal Purvis and we’ll see where we go!”
Thursday, 22 September, 2022: Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson confirm that following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, James Bond “will now be working for king and country.”
Broccoli also confirms that they are “nowhere near making that decision” regarding the casting of the next James Bond actor, and emphasises that their main focus when entering into a new era of Bond is thinking about “the trajectory of the Bond films and the storylines and where we want to take them. So, that’s really the main focus at the beginning“, and goes on to say that, “once we have a sense of where we want to go, then we’ll start thinking about casting. We’re not just casting someone for one film. We’re casting someone hopefully for a decade, at least.”
Speaking on the narrative arc and villain that the new iteration of Bond may face, Broccoli says “We always sit down with our writers, and we start by thinking about ‘What is the world afraid of?’ We start by thinking about, ‘Who’s the Bond villain?’ We try to focus on that as the sort of über story, and then we want to also look at Bond’s emotional life, and what he’ll be facing personally that he hasn’t had to deal with before. So he has two big issues in the films — one is the geopolitical one and the other is the personal one.”
Wednesday, 21 September, 2022: Speaking to Variety, James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say it’s still “early days” in the search for the next 007 actor, but whoever it is, must be in it for the long haul.
“The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off. And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10-, 12-year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ Not everybody wants to do that.
That’s why, when people go, ‘Oh, who are you going to get?’ it’s not just about casting an actor for a film. It’s about a reinvention, and ‘Where are we taking it? What do we want to do with the character?'” And then, once we figure that out, who’s the right person for that particular reinvention?”
Sunday, 14 August, 2022: In a joint press release, MGM has announced a new multi-year deal that will see Warner Bros. handle the international distribution of its theatrical titles.
Previously, MGM titles were released overseas by Universal Pictures. Under the terms of the old contract, Bond 26 will be released in cinemas by Universal Pictures.
The terms of the new MGM agreement with Warner Bros. includes the international distribution of subsequent James Bond films, from Bond 27 onward, should the film(s) be released within the time period of the partnership. It is currently understood that the new multi-year deal can be extended beyond three years, with the option for an additional two year period.
Wednesday, 29 June, 2022: In an exclusive feature published by Deadline, producer Barbara Broccoli reveals that it will be “at least two years” before Bond 26 begins filming, and that the search for the next James Bond actor has yet to begin, as “it’s a reinvention of Bond.”
Speaking at the BFI Chair’s Dinner at Claridge’s Hotel in London, Broccoli says, “Nobody’s in the running. We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. 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.“