No Time to Die (Cary Fukunaga) will be the last James Bond installment starring Daniel Craig. The British actor took on the role in 2006 and has sustained it to date. In general, the franchise continues to attract attention and the actor found a role with which he will be associated forever. Added to the premiere of the most recent film is uncertainty regarding who will take on the role in the next installments.
The unease regarding the next actor doesn’t just represent genuine curiosity, considering the cinematic lore of the James Bond franchise. There are also a series of associated symbolisms that, perhaps, are taken into account. Whoever plays the next Agent 007 will be the seventh actor to do so throughout the franchise’s history. In addition, it comes at a particular moment, with issues such as racism and the gender agenda much more open in relation to other moments.
Although the James Bond franchise does not have to drink from that environment or even take into account the symbolism, it is valid to suspect that these factors are taken into account within a production of so much tradition within the history of cinema. Regarding the decision on who will replace Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson gave some clues.
What is known about the next James Bond?
As part of the premiere of No Time to Die, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson addressed the issue. In statements given to BBC Radio 4, taken by THR, Broccoli commented in relation to Daniel Craig’s successor as James Bond: “We are not thinking about that. We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. The following year we will start to think about the future (of the role)”.
Along these lines, Wilson commented in relation to Daniel Craig’s work: “He’s been a great Agent 007. There are some big shoes to fill. I can’t even think if it’s possible for someone to do it. ” Before Craig, the role was played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.
Without Time to Die will be released on September 30, after several rescheduling due to the pandemic generated by COVID-19. The deliveries starring Daniel Craig as James Bond were as follows:
Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006) Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008) Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012) Specter (Sam Mendes, 2015)