Fun The Next James Bond

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After much speculation, it turns out that Daniel will be with us for one more....

But who can replace him after that?

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"NEXT BOND MAY BE A WOMAN" Says Barbara Broccoli.

“James Bond” film series producer Barbara Broccoli hasn’t ruled out either a woman or person of color eventually taking on the iconic role of 007 once Daniel Craig wraps the role with his next film opening late 2019. She tells The Daily Mail this week:

“These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible. Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”
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Doctor Omega

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Not a woman, please.

There is equality - and then there is just plain silly - and a twisting of the Fleming vision into so unrecognisable a shape that the point of calling it "Ian Fleming's James Bond" ceases.

Besides, if people want a female equivalent, there is now ATOMIC B(L)OND(E).

Just turn that into a proper franchise, surely, with recasting every few years.


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"NEXT BOND MAY BE A WOMAN" Says Barbara Broccoli.

“James Bond” film series producer Barbara Broccoli hasn’t ruled out either a woman or person of color eventually taking on the iconic role of 007 once Daniel Craig wraps the role with his next film opening late 2019. She tells The Daily Mail this week:

“These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible. Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”
That'll just give me the opportunity to save yet more time and money by avoiding any piece of shit that deviates too far from the original Ian Fleming vision.

Doctor Omega

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we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible.
who knows what the future will bring?”

I actually suspect that the reality is that Barbara is simply paying lip service to disarm any pressure groups that might push for such a nonsensical move.

Cutting them off before they can start any dumb campaign for Jane Bond, by emptily reassuring them in advance that she is open to the possibility - when in fact she is anything but.

I hope so anyway.

And yes, I wouldn't be watching either.

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A female James Bond? Never, confirms executive producer

Barbara Broccoli dismisses the possibility of a gender switch for 007, but says a woman may one day direct franchise


The future has looked shaky for cinema’s biggest hero. The director of his latest adventure quit 14 weeks before shooting. The release date was pushed back. Not so long ago, the actor who plays him said he would rather slash his wrists than reprise the role.

But there is one thing about which James Bond can rest easy: his manhood. Speaking to the Guardian, 007’s executive producer Barbara Broccoli ruled out any Doctor Who-style gender reinvention for Ian Fleming’s super-spy.

“Bond is male,” she said. “He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.

“And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”

Broccoli, 58, is the daughter of Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, heads Eon productions and signs off on every key Bond hire and fire. It was she who tweeted the news Danny Boyle had left the 25th film due to “creative differences”. She who announced Cary Fukunaga was to replace him. And she who lured Daniel Craig back into the tuxedo.

Such leverage makes her perhaps the most powerful female producer the film industry has ever seen. It also makes her fiercely protective of the “family business”. Yes, she concedes, Bond cannot be considered a feminist property, but mostly because people tend to “reference those early movies. It was written in the 50s, so there’s certain things in [Bond’s] DNA that are probably not gonna change.”

“But look at the way the world has changed. And I think Bond has come through and transformed with the times. I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel [Craig] films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed”

Broccoli’s close involvement with the series, starting aged 17, has been credited with keeping the set strikingly safe as a workplace for women.

Rosamund Pike has spoken of her good fortune in Die Another Day (2002) being her first brush with Hollywood. “I look back over my experience and think: ‘My goodness, Barbara Broccoli was way ahead of all this #MeToo movement,” she said. “There wasn’t an ounce of feeling uncomfortable while I was on that set.”

Says Broccoli: “I was allowed to – encouraged to – grow within the company and felt very supported by my father and my brother, Michael. So I always said what I thought if I didn’t like something and sometimes they listened and sometimes they didn’t. It gave me confidence at work to deal with whatever the scenario was.

“I’m acutely aware of what actors have to go through. They have to expose the most vulnerable parts of themselves. I think you have to create an environment where people feel free to be able to do that and in the wider sense an environment where people feel free to experiment and not be ridiculed, not feel frightened to explore things and say things.”

When Bond 25 does start shooting at the start of next year, it will be Broccoli’s first time working with a male director in years; her last three projects have all consciously championed female stories, and been directed by women.

The most recent is Nancy, a drama about a vulnerable fantasist co-produced with its star, Andrea Riseborough, and which plays at the London film festival next week. The film, directed by Christina Choe, had a crew that was 80% female and 50% people of colour.

It was, says Broccoli, a “very different, nurturing experience … the female resilience and solidarity was great”. It was also one of remarkable industry. “We would wrap early every day,” says Riseborough. “The multitasking was amazing.”

The actor was especially struck by the contrast once she returned to work on conventional sets, which average around 90% men. “It’s so much better in Europe than in the US,” she says. From Nancy, “I went into something with Harvey [Weinstein] that was one of the hardest experiences I’ve ever had in my life on set.”

The project, a mini-series about Waco, which has since had Weinstein’s producer credit removed, featured Riseborough as a cult follower.

“I was playing someone older than myself so I’d asked them to make me look worse. I wanted to look tired and drawn and at the end of my tether. So I was invisible when I walked on to that set. It was a big shock.

“And it was all men. I said to the first assistant director: ‘Do you have any women on set?’ And he said: ‘You don’t like to hear this, but it’s a tough industry.’ And we did not [finish on time] a day once.”

Riseborough has worked frequently with Weinstein – the mogul currently charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault, all of which he denies – including on her breakthrough role as Wallis Simpson in the Madonna-directed W.E.

She is still coming to terms with his downfall, she says. “You can’t quite believe how much you’ve put up with. And how much you’ve not followed your instincts on a very basic level.

“And it was collective. The people I admired also weren’t speaking up. It was a very confusing, horrible situation. That’s really all I can say about it: one of the hardest things I’ve been through.”

To clarify: in terms of personal experience with Weinstein or the wider fallout?

“The last year’s reckoning. Because when you are being undermined or disrespected, you’re not always aware of it. In a way I thought I was being lauded. It’s confusing when you’re always getting awards. You’re being revered in some way. In one way you feel very powerful and in another way you feel like absolute shit. In a way it’s like imposter syndrome.”

Weinstein’s actions were, she suggests, enabled by an industry imbalance. “As a woman, I’ve often had a sort of primal fear on set. You’re surrounded by 19 men and you get this feeling inside: I might be overpowered. It’s an old, animalistic, very natural thing. And I had somewhat tired of being in rooms like that.

“You’re trying to go through something really vulnerable. You might be reenacting sexual abuse – and you’re surrounded by guys on a bedroom set. The whole thing can be re-traumatising.”

This atmosphere is not something from which you are insulated as a non-actor, says Broccoli. Has she too been the victim of sorts of ordeals now coming to light?

“Of course, all the time. Yes, there were some very major things in my life, but as Andrea was saying, it’s really important we all keep sharing our stories. That’s healing and we draw on each other’s strengths.”

Broccoli’s championing of female film-makers extends to a substantial role backing the Time’s Up movement, established in the wake of the revelations about the conduct of Weinstein.

The producer has funded much of the research into gender inequality which informs their statements, as well as the manufacture of pins supporting the movement to be worn by whoever feels moved to do so at the London film festival.

The sight of Donald Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford for her testimony against Brett Kavanaugh illustrates, say both women, the continued need for such pressure.

“It’s very disturbing,” says Broccoli, “when people like the President make [recounting an incident of sexual assault] sound like a bad thing. What could be worse than ridiculing a survivor? It’s been so unacceptable for women to be angry; its the way we were raised.”

Such response has not been a surprise, says Riseborough. “We all now what it’s like to feel you’re pissing into the wind.

We’re only now beginning to see [on film] a woman from a woman’s perspective, which has got to be the most exciting thing to happen in feminism ever.

Broccoli says she hopes films such as Nancy will make audiences and the industry reconsider how women are viewed.

Yet she acknowledges how much power for change is in her hands. Wouldn’t hiring a female director – or screenwriter – on the next James Bond film send the strongest message?

“Yes, absolutely,” says Broccoli. “You wanna make a great film and you wanna find the people who can make that film at that particular time. [But] as a female producer, of course I’d like to do that.”

• Nancy is released in cinemas on 12 October and on DVD and download on 5 November

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Richard Madden Now Rumored For Bond?


Even though Craig and new director Cary Fukunaga are locked for the next James Bond film shooting next year, that hasn’t stopped British tabloid speculation about Craig’s successor when the actor departs the role which he’s expected to film for the last time next year.

The Sun this weekend reports that with the success of the mini-series “Bodyguard,” the show’s star and former “Game of Thrones” hunk Richard Madden has reportedly caught the eye of Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli.

A source tells the paper this goes beyond mere wishlist candidacy as well: “It’s seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job. Not only is he on top of Barbara’s list, but she is preparing to offer the role.”

The likes of Tom Hardy, James Norton and Aidan Turner have all been linked in the past, but Madden has an advantage in terms of age. Casting a new Bond ideally means an actor is in his mid-late 30s when his first film opens and Madden is currently 32 – meaning by the time his first film would hit cinemas, he’ll be in the perfect window.

Craig’s final outing in the role is currently scheduled for a February 2020 release.

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A timely new tv series where we can see how Madden would look as Bond.....

I suspect the Bond makers have seen this footage.....

I also cannot help but wonder if Madden cannily chose a role where he would have to dress and act like Bond, to increase his chances of getting the role?

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