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Bond producer isn't ready to think about next 007, but she knows who won't play the part

The odds seem strong that Bond will once again be a gentleman secret agent.

By Vanessa Armstrong
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Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, No Time To Die, came out this year to strong reviews, and while many are already wondering who the next Bond will be, the franchise’s executive producer Barbara Broccoli (shown above with co-producer Michael G. Wilson and Craig) is not quite ready to move on.

“I want to let this film play and really celebrate Daniel’s incredible achievement that he has done over 16 years,” Broccoli said in a profile by The Hollywood Reporter. “People always ask, ‘Oh, who’s the next James Bond?’ It’s like asking a bride as she’s going up to the altar who’s her next husband going to be. I don’t really want to think about who is going to be the next person until I absolutely have to.”

Despite her resistance to talking about the future Bond, Broccoli did share who she thought 007 shouldn’t be. “I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond,” she said. “I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles. I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women. He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race].”

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The internet has suggestions for Broccoli once she’s ready to consider them. Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are often at the top of the list, along with breakout Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page. Who will ultimately become 007 is anyone’s guess, however, but it seems the odds are strong that the character will once again be a gentleman secret agent. 

While the franchise needs another Bond with Craig stepping away from the role, Broccoli is hopeful that someone else from No Time To Die will come back for another Bond movie — director Cary Fukunaga. 

“We love Cary. He’s done an exceptional job,” she said. “I don’t have any idea whether he’d do another one. I think he did this because he wanted a challenge, and he sure pulled it off. But I’m not sure if he’d do another one. We’d love to work with him again.”