The Next James Bond ‘Can Be Of Any Colour, But He Is Male’, Says 007 Producer
Tongues are wagging ahead of the impending release of No Time To Die, which marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as iconic secret agent James Bond. As anticipation builds over the $250 million movie – which sees Oscar-winning Rami Malek step into the shoes of Bond villain – one question keeps cropping up time and time again.
When Craig hangs up his tux, who will take his place as the next double-0 agent?
Speculation is rife, with constant rumors surrounding names like Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Richard Madden. Longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told Variety that while the search for the next Bond has not yet begun, the venerated spy will be played by a man.
“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” she said. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
With his blond hair and abrasive swagger, Craig’s tenure as Bond was a departure from the hallmark dashing looks and debonair charm long associated with the Martini-sipping spy, and the character looks set to continue this evolution in future films.
Co-producer Michael G. Wilson advocated for hiring an actor of colour to step into Bond’s shoes to reflect a modern audience. “You think of him as being from Britain or the Commonwealth, but Britain is a very diverse place,” he said.
Picking the right man for the job won’t be easy, as Broccoli is all too aware. “For better or worse, we are the custodians of this character,” she said. “We take that responsibility seriously.”
As the duo funnel their time and energy into finalising the April release of No Time to Die, we’ve picked three actors that could conquer their esteemed protagonist in the decade to come.
Unquestionably cool and effortlessly suave, Mahershala Ali exudes a mysterious air in his roles. Green Book and Moonlight actor doesn’t have to say much to capture your attention – even a glance has abstract meaning. As he readies to play vampire-human hybrid Blade in the eponymous remake, could his next role see him swap the trench coat for a tux?
Known for playing Finn in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films, John Boyega has it all: daring, ruthless yet loyal, with a touch of emotional sensitivity. After watching that Google Assistant ad where Boyega toys with the prospect of becoming Bond and pulls that classic gun-point pose – well, we can’t unsee it.
Next in line for keys to the DB5 is Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding. Not only does Golding possess the sophisticated air of a devil-may-care superspy, but he’s got heartthrob appeal by the bucketload. And if the trailer for Guy Richie’s The Gentlemen is anything to go by, he can be every bit the gun-toting maverick, too.