Admittedly, Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson haven’t yet determined who the “right person” for the iconic role will be, however, Broccoli revealed that she is standing firm in her earlier casting opinion that 007 could be played by a person of colour, but not a woman. “He doesn’t need to be a white man. Not as far as I’m concerned,” Broccoli reiterated. “We should create roles for women, not just turn a man into a woman.”
With Daniel Craig suiting up to play James Bond for the fifth and final time, the rumour mill has been in overdrive with speculation about who will succeed him in the role of 007. Tom Hardy was the most recent name to hit the headlines but, without official confirmation, he joins a slew of stars that have been erroneously labeled as being “the next James Bond.” You can find the rest of those names in our gallery below:
The Next James Bonds Who Never Played 007
Craig has portrayed the 007 agent on-screen since 2006’s Casino Royale. He reprised the role in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre, all of which have collectively grossed more than $3.1 billion at the worldwide box office. In light of that success, the Bond veteran had a few words of wisdom to pass onto his successor, as he recently advised the next actor to not “f**k it up.”
On his forthcoming assignment, Craig’s Bond will have his peaceful retirement from active service interrupted when Felix Leiter tracks him down in Jamaica, seeking help to rescue a kidnapped scientist. The mission will set Bond onto the “trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” It has already been speculated that Rami Malek’s supervillain could be a rebooted version of Dr. No.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a little while longer to find out, as the release date for the 25th Bond film has been pushed back for the second time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. No Time To Die will now be released in April 2021, a year after it was originally set to hit the big screen so that it can hopefully be watched by a worldwide theatrical audience.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.