Daniel Craig confirmed last year that No Time to Die will mark his final performance as James Bond.
Countless big-named stars have been rumored as possible replacements for Craig, who played the Bond role in five movies. This long list includes Richard Madden, Tom Hardy, James Norton, Sam Heughan, Idris Elba and more recently Henry Cavill.
Hardy’s name has been mentioned aplenty in recent weeks. Some folks are starting to assume that the 43-year-old actor – known for his roles in Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk – will soon be announced as the next 007.
But Bond movie series producer Barbara Broccoli essentialy shut down the rumors in an interview with Total Film, explaining adding that they haven’t selected Craig’s replacement yet.
“I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time,” Broccoli said. “Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.”
That said, Broccoli stressed that the role “will have to be reimagined,” noting that each Bond actor has managed to do that.
“That’s what is so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves,” she said. “Eventually, when we have to think about it, we’ll find the right person.”
So, absolutely nothing appears to be set in stone regarding Craig’s replacement. Several names will continue to be mentioned, but there doesn’t appear to be any front-runners at this time.
Ladbrokes (h/t the Daily Express) recently listed Hardy, Norton and Cavill as the three main betting favorites to take over as Bond.
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There were also rumors that a female would be cast as the next James Bond, but Broccoli previously confirmed that the a male will continue to play 007.
No Time to Die – the milestone 25th film in the Bond movie series – was initially scheduled to be released in April of this year. It was pushed back to November due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s now scheduled for a release date of Apr. 2, 2021.
The film also stars Rami Malek (Safin, the primary villain), Léa Seydoux (Dr. Madeleine Swann), and Lashana Lynch (Nomi). Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter), Ralph Fiennes (M) and Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) will reprise their respective roles.
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