Speaking at a private dinner event at Claridge’s in central London, producer Barbara Broccoli said a new James Bond movie is at least two years away from starting production.
At the BFI Chairman’s dinner to honor Broccoli and her brother Michael G. Wilson for their BFI Fellowships, Broccoli refused to comment on who might play the next 007, but did give hints as to their current thought process.
Speaking to Deadline she said:
“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.”
At the dinner Broccoli and Wilson were presented their BFI Fellowships by Bond team regulars Ralph Fiennes (M) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny). Fiennes joked that as the two producers took the decision to kill Bond in No Time To Die that:
“Naomie and I are the people to fix it. You find him and we’ll train him.”
Ben Roberts, BFI Chief Executive Officer, hailed Broccoli and Wilson as two giants of cinema, citing their tireless support of organisations such as The London Film Academy, an innovative film school in north London which she and Wilson founded with others including Harry Potter producer David Heyman.
The night included video messages from Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek and Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and Spectre.
Composer David Arnold played a grand piano for the event, including music from several Bond movies including 1967s You Only Live Twice.
Broccoli has reiterated several times that the role will never be recast as a woman. Amazon bought MGM, which owns 50% of the rights to Bond movies, but the terms of the MGM and Eon Productions deal remain unchanged which means Eon makes the movies and Amazon/MGM have very little creative control. They can make suggestions as to casting, but the final decision on a new Bond rests with Eon, therefore Broccoli and Wilson.