Universal Pictures announced the development of the next James Bond movie, Bond 25, a little over a month ago. The announcement confirmed that Daniel Craig would be reprising his role as the world famous spy and the production would begin late in 2018:
“Production on Bond 25 will begin in December with Danny Boyle directing Daniel Craig’s 5th outing as Bond. EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) have reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film.”
The movie premieres in a year. Last year, Craig confirmed that the upcoming movie would be his last film. With that said, fans of the franchise are already wondering who would be replacing the the English actor.
There has yet to be an announcement as to who the next James Bond would be. After all, Daniel Craig’s movie hasn’t even hit the screen. However, Bond alum, Pierce Brosnan, already has someone in mind.
In an interview with the Daily Mail to promote Mamma Mia 2, Brosnan spoke about James Bond and who he thinks would be perfect for the role. According to the former Agent 007, he could see Tom Hardy giving justice to James Bond pretty well:
“I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it – that’s what makes Bond.”
In the same interview, Brosnan praised Craig for his interpretation of the renowned spy. He gushes about how perfect Craig is for the role:
“Bond is Bond and you can’t change that. I think a woman could play Bond but it wouldn’t be James Bond. Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond. He’s very physical, he looks lethal. You genuinely believe this is someone who could kill a man. He’s complained about doing the part because he’s put himself through a lot physically, but he will do the next movie”
Tom Hardy has yet to announce his participation in any future James Bond film. Another contender that could play 007 is Idris Elba.
Unfortunately for Elba fans, he has vehemently denied that he has been tapped for the role. In fact, the actor has called out people for pushing him to play James Bond. He says that most of the push comes from the fact that he is a black actor and not because he is the right one for the role:
“It’s interesting that the James Bond thing continues to go. I think it’s more about “we just want to have a black guy play James Bond” rather than “Idris Elba, the actor, play James Bond”. That’s the part that I’m like “ugh, come on” explained Elba in an interview with Metro.
He then suggests that maybe a woman as James Bond would be right for the role:
‘Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male? It could be a woman – could be a black woman, could be a white woman – but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have…. do something different with it, why not?”
Bond 25 is scheduled to be released on October 2019.