One thing’s for sure… Daniel Craig has changed things.
Back when the British actor was announced to portray Ian Fleming’s classic character in 2006’s Casino Royale, many were swift to dismiss the casting decision. Skeptics were concerned that he wasn’t right for the part, but like any good actor, Daniel seized the opportunity and made the character his own.
The film showcased a Bond the likes of which we’d never seen before and it’s no surprise to see that he has gradually come to be regarded as one of the best talents to take on 007 in the franchise’s history.
Now, audiences are invited to witness the next chapter with No Time to Die as he cements his legacy as the definitive superspy for modern moviegoers.
However, you’ll certainly leave the cinema with some pressing questions at the forefront of your mind. Arguably none will feel more important than this: will there be another James Bond movie?
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR NO TIME TO DIE ENDING
Will there be another James Bond movie?
Yes, there will definitely be another James Bond movie. However, No Time to Die officially marks the ending of Daniel Craig’s run of blockbusters.
Ahead of the film’s release, the central star confirmed that this would be the last time he’d suit up to depict the spy. However, even equipped with this knowledge audiences were in for a serious surprise upon seeing the film’s ending.
History was made and we witnessed the impossible… the death of James Bond.
Back when Spectre was released there was talk of Daniel Craig stepping down, but as we now know, he was compelled to return. On the other hand, the No Time to Die ending essentially annihilates any temptation the actor may have to reprise Bond. The movie delivered a concrete conclusion to the character’s arc, but fans can rest assured that the death doesn’t mark the fall of the franchise.
The producer of No Time to Die – Barbara Broccoli – has already stated that the search for our next Bond will commence in 2022. When asked if a decision has already been reached, she weighed in: “Oh God no, I mean we’re just – no, we’re not thinking about it at all. We want Daniel [Craig] to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”
That sounds like a sensible decision as it means the spotlight won’t shift from Daniel and onto another actor. This is the time to champion the actor for his accomplishments, as well as the achievements of another star that the franchise may see return…
“I’d like to see a continuation of this”
Producer Michael G. Wilson has already suggested that Daniel Craig’s “are big shoes to fill,” admitting that he “can’t even think who’s even possible.”
While it’s uncertain who will take up the mantle next, there are already hopes that Lashana Lynch will reprise the role of 00 agent Nomi in another Bond movie. The character was an integral component in No Time to Die and boasts lots of potential to branch out with.
Speaking with GamesRadar+, the actress said: “This shift that the franchise has gone through, I’ve come in right at the perfect time to say, ‘Look, this is an example. Everyone else, other franchises, other filmmakers, lead by this example,’ because this is done so well, that I think steering away from this kind of strength, with these kinds of nuances, would be a shame.”
She added: “I’d like to see a continuation of this, which will be done in this franchise, but across the industry.”
It’s clear that she’s optimistic about portraying the character again and it’s possible that her very own solo vehicle could be on the horizon, continuing the continuity of Daniel Craig’s run. However, without James Bond himself, you probably wouldn’t consider it a Bond movie in the strict sense.
Who are the popular choices?
A number of names have been thrown around in recent years regarding who should play the part, including Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, and Tom Hiddleston.
Taking the aforementioned comments from Barbara Broccoli into consideration, it’s likely that an announcement will be made at some point in 2022.
Daniel Craig has been asked to offer his thoughts on the potential casting but he dismissed questions by responding “not my problem” while attending No Time to Die’s glamorous red carpet premiere.
No Time to Die is now screening in UK cinemas.