Despite 007’s apparent demise in “No Time to Die,” fans can “rest assured” that the British super spy will return.
Just as No Time to Die teases with a “James Bond will return” title card at the conclusion of the credits, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli is promising that the iconic movie franchise will indeed live on. (Spoiler alert! Plot details below for those who have yet to see No Time To Die.)
Daniel Craig’s final portrayal of Bond saw his British super spy seemingly sacrifice himself to destroy Spectre headquarters in the movie’s explosive final minutes.
Craig definitely won’t be after a 15-year-long run that saw the actor play elite MI6 agent in five installments, beginning with 2006’s Casino Royale and concluding with 2021’s No Time to Die.
The search for the next Bond is still in early stages. Broccoli recently revealed that no serious considerations would be made until 2022, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today in September, “We’re not thinking about it at all,” per Digital Spy.
“We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”
Idris Elba was once considered a prime candidate, but the former The Wire actor and one-time Maxim cover star has shot down the notion.
“Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it,” he told the Daily Mail in 2019. “You’re THAT character, and known as that character for many, many years.”
“I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris,” he added, “not ones that take over me and solely define me.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Jonson also recently expressed interest in succeeding Craig, telling Esquire, “I would like to follow in his footsteps and be the next Bond. I don’t want to be a villain. You gotta be Bond.”
The Witcher star Henry Cavill has also thrown his name in the hat.
“I think it would be very exciting to have a conversation with the producers. In an ideal world, I’d never have to turn anything down. Nothing is off the table. It’s an honor to even be part of that conversation.”