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New Bond to 'serve King and country'

By :The Report Desk
Published : Sep 22, 2022 10:49:00 AM | SHOWBIZ

The next James Bond will serve King and country -- but discussions with new 007 studio owner Amazon over the spy film franchise's future direction haven't really started.


Long-standing producer Barbara Broccoli said on Wednesday.


Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson sat down with media to speak about the future of the 25-movie franchise.


The last Bond outing, 2021's "No Time To Die," was the final installment to star Daniel Craig, and Amazon has since bought 007 studio MGM. 


This means speculation is rife about what changes could lie in store for the world's most famous fictional spy.


"We're just beginning our relationship with Amazon. We haven't really started to get involved in the next Bond film yet," said Broccoli.


At the center of the rumors and guesswork swirling around the next 007 outing is the matter of who will play the suave superspy with a license to kill.


Craig was initially a controversial choice, particularly for his blond hair and rugged looks, but his five 007 films broke box office records, with 2012's "Skyfall" surpassing $1 billion worldwide.


Fans have suggested the next Bond may be the first non-white actor in the role, while Broccoli has scotched claims that Bond in future could be female.


She said that "there are certain formulaic things" that will always remain.


"The central character of James Bond is the most important element of these movies, and we believe he's incorruptible, he works for Queen and now King and country," she said.


"He's not in it for his own personal gain. He's in it for trying to keep the world a safer place. So I think that is something we definitely wouldn't change."