A story broke at The Daily Mail earlier today, with uncredited quotes from The Awards Chatter podcast on The Hollywood Reporter. Daily Mail put their own unique spin on it, claiming that the next James Bond would be anything but white, male and straight. The role is opening up to women, other ethnicities and could even possible be a gay male. The story was written from a certain point of view, and was skewed. The quotes actually did come from long time 007 producer Producer Barbara Broccoli, and basically, she was saying that while she is happy to have Daniel Craig back in the role for another movie, her hope is to push buttons and keep an open mind.
We all know that a new James Bond will be cast in the next decade. It's unlikely that Daniel Craig will return for two more movies, even though there was a time when that seemed very possible. The original THR reporter asks producer Barbara Broccoli this exact question, "Would you ever hire a person of color or even a woman one day? Could it be Jaime Bond?". Broccoli reveals that the flood gates are open and anyone can apply. She says this.
"Anything is possible. But now it's Daniel Craig. I'm very happy with Daniel Craig. Who knows what the future will bring, that's what's so exciting about Bond."
Daniel Craig has confirmed his return in James Bond 25 one last time after swearing he'd never return to the role. He once even claimed he'd rather slit his wrists than play the character again. Speculation about who the next James Bond could be have swirled for years, until Craig officially decided to return as 007 one last time. Producer Barbara Broccoli doesn't know who the next James Bond will be, but it could be anyone. So while Idris Elba and Gillian Anderson have been championed for the role, it could go to just about anyone, including another straight white man, a young man in his late teens early twenties, a thirty-year-old Asian woman, even Danny Trejo. The field is wide open. And let's face it, that's all just talk at this point.
Barbara Broccoli clearly stated that the James Bond franchise tries to stay ahead of the times and "push the envelope", while creating something new and fresh that hasn't been seen before. The future is uncertain when Daniel Craig retires from the role in the upcoming, untitled Bond 25 movie. Asked, 'To what extent do you like to let world events shape what's happening in the Bond universe?' Broccoli gave this answer in response to what we might see Bond up to next.
"These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit."
Sir Roger Moore, who died in May at the age of 89, said in 2015, "I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond." However, Moore didn't agree with the character straying from the white male persona that is synonymous with the iconic character created by author Ian Fleming. Moore contended that he was not trying to offend and instead maintained that he was just thinking about staying true to what Fleming had written. He had this to say.
"But they wouldn't be Bond for the simple reason that wasn't what Ian Fleming wrote. It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist - it is simply about being true to the character."
Idris Elba was the actor rumored to take over for Daniel Craig before he signed back on, and many people were excited to see the first person of color possibly portray James Bond. Elba's name was tossed around for over a year, but the Dark Tower actor claims that he was never contacted officially to play the role or even asked to try out. He also feels that he is too old for the role. Charlize Theron's name has also been thrown around and she recently starred in a similar role in Atomic Blonde. When asked about playing the first woman 007, Theron said that she would rather see Idris Elba take the part.
Bond 25 is still a year away from hitting theaters, so there's some time to decide who will be playing James Bond next. But, should fans except a woman in the role? Or someone of a different ethnicity or sexual preference? Those questions will be answered when the time comes, but there will ultimately be some kind of controversy no matter who ends up in the role regardless of sex, age or race. As Bond producer Barbara Broccoli states, "anything is possible," which leads us to believe that a change is about to come for the next phase of the 007 character. You can hear more about what Barbara Broccoli has to say about a new James Bond at The Hollywood Reporter.