This Historic Change For James Bond In Upcoming Movies

This Historic Change For James Bond In Upcoming Movies

The next James Bond, whose new face still remains a mystery, will now serve “King and country”, explained this Wednesday its producers, who have not yet started discussions with Amazon on the future of agent 007 “We’re just starting our relationship with Amazon,” which bought the rights to the franchise from MGM studio, said Barbara Broccoli, the longtime producer of the adventures of the legendary phlegmatic spy. “We haven’t started discussing the next movie yet. »

Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother, Michael Wilson, were honored on Wednesday for their contribution to Hollywood, during a ceremony where they left their footprints in cement in front of the illustrious Chinese Theater. The opportunity for them to maintain the mystery about the future of James Bond: since Dying can wait in 2021, Daniel Craig’s final act, which shook up the character considerably, speculation is rife about his succession. “We are not going to rest on our laurels and keep the same formula,” assured Barbara Broccoli, heiress to the franchise of her father Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, the producer who began adapting Ian Fleming’s novels to the screen 60 years ago.

“Stay innovative”

The choice of Daniel Craig, to embody a blonde 007 and much rougher than his predecessors, had initially created controversy. But the five films made during his mission set box office records: the opus Heavy rain notably generated more than a billion dollars in 2012. To replace it, everything seems possible. Could James Bond be embodied by the first black actor in the franchise, as some fans wish? Or could a woman put on her costume, as Barbara Broccoli has already suggested? The producer spares the suspense: “There are certain immutable elements” in this saga of espionage, she underlined. “The main character of James Bond is the most important element of the films and we believe he is incorruptible, serving the Queen, and now King and country. »

The character “has nothing to gain from a personal point of view. He’s in it because he’s trying to make the world safer,” she added. “I think that’s something we won’t change. But her father always pushed the producer “to take risks so that Bond could change over time.” As heirs, “we like to try things, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it keeps us innovative”.

A future reality show inspired by the saga

Eon, the Broccoli family company, has managed to retain significant control over the adventures of the secret agent, star of 25 films so far. Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have presided over the cinematic destiny of 007 since golden eyereleased in 1995, a year before their father died. Historically, Eon shared the profits of the franchise with the MGM studio, which had signed a complex agreement to have the right to finance and distribute the films. But MGM was acquired by Amazon in March for $8.5 billion. And concerning James Bond, it is no longer the legendary studio that is in control, but the tech giant, which has launched its own streaming platform.

Amazon Prime Video has already announced plans to produce a reality TV show themed around Her Majesty’s Most Faithful Servant, titled The road to a million 007. “The public has certain expectations. But he also likes to be surprised. So it’s fully part of our effort, “said Michael Wilson, hoping that Bond adapts to the challenges of today’s world. “What will be the worries of the world in two or three years? How can we stay up to date? he wondered. “We cannot offer the same thing over and over again. »

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