Her Majesty’s Secret Service has begun the search for a new James Bond following Daniel Craig’s departure from the franchise after 2021’s No Time to Die
. However, the search is more difficult than anyone expected. Michael G. Wilson, the 007 franchise producer, says that a younger Bond is unlikely. However, rumors about a younger Bond continue to circulate. Wilson recently confirmed the next Bond would be a “thirty-something” actor, dashing the prospects of a Bond who gets carded when buying martinis.
Speaking with Radio Times, Bond casting director Debbie McWilliams explained why a younger actor wouldn’t work for the franchise’s future.“When we started, it was a slightly different feel,” McWilliams said about the previous search for a new 007 that concluded with Craig landing the role.
“We looked at a number of younger actors and I just didn’t think they were able to carry the role. They didn’t have the experience, they didn’t have the mental capacity to take it on, because it’s not just the part they’re taking on, it’s a massive responsibility.”
“So we kind of scrubbed that idea and went back to the drawing board and started again,” McWilliams added.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vq30JjM4Fs
While it seems improbable, fans reacted poorly to Craig’s casting when he agreed to play 007. As people tend to jump to conclusions, angry voices on the internet raged that Craig was unfit for the part. Many fans ate a lot of crow after seeing Craig’s performance. McWilliams said in 2021 that the reaction to Craig’s casting was “unbelievably negative.” “The press response was awful, and I felt so bad for him. But in a funny way, I think it almost spurred Craig on to prove everyone wrong.”
“Timothy Dalton was known, but he was known as a Shakespearean actor, really,”
McWilliams said. “Pierce , but this was mainly from television. Roger Moore was well-known from television. Sean Connery was not
, nobody had heard of him. Daniel Craig was known to a certain audience, but it was more of an independent cinema audience. He hadn’t done a big commercial film, at all – [how] “Layer Cake” I suppose was the most well-known, should we say, among the things he’d done before Bond, but he wasn’t a very well-known actor.”Does James Bond require an older actor? Who would you cast to play the next James Bond role? Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.