No Time to Die has arrived in theaters around the world, ending Daniel Craig’s stint as James Bond. Now that the 25th installment of the long-running series has arrived, our collective attention has turned to what’s ahead for 007.
We’ve already spent a fair amount of digital paper going through the candidates for Craig to take over as the next James Bond, but a question remains whether this franchise needs another Bond. – Or should the producers continue without the central character and with a different lead. There are a few possibilities, which we’re going to eliminate first. To do so, however, requires diving headfirst into spoiler territory for No Time to Die…
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS no time to die ending. We’re talking massive spoilers! If you haven’t seen Craig’s last Bond movie, look back now.
Bond 26 and beyond…
It’s a fond farewell (or is that Bond farewell?) of Daniel Craig, who dies at the end of No Time to Die. Those iconic 007 numbers now belong to Lashana Lynch’s Nomi, who could potentially continue as the new lead of the franchise.
Just imagine: they announce Bond 26, but instead of showing a new James Bond at the center, it’s the adventures of Nomi and MI5. It would be a serious change for the franchise, but not an unwanted one. Nomi has Bond’s steady hand, can deliver a good one-liner (“What time is it? Time to die!”), and, during the time of dying, learns to be a little more different—the books.
Craig’s Bond era was defined by its continuity, with each film picking up where the previous one ended. The producers will probably want to continue this and introduce a new character named James Bond, potentially ending the world that has been created through the last five films.
Speaking to Gamesrader+ and Total Film ahead of the release of No Time to Die, Lynch said of the future of James Bond: “With the change the franchise has gone through, I’ve come at the right time to say, ‘Look. ‘It’s an example. Everyone else, the other franchises, the other filmmakers, lead the example, ’cause it’s so well done, that I think to stay away from this kind of force, this kind of With specifics, that would be a shame. I want to continue with what will be done in this franchise, but across the industry.”
Having Nomi at the center of Bond 26 therefore makes sense from the perspective of the continuation of the story, but might upset James Bond fans who are… well, James Bond fans. Maybe they don’t want a new character in the lead role.
With this in mind and with the possible discovery of the new James Bond starting in 2022, there is every chance that the iconic character will return in the future. So, how does the franchise proceed with a new bond? There are some options.
We can see that Craig continues to develop a continuation of the era, but with a new actor playing Bond. Maybe “James Bond” is just a code name, and a new actor takes the spell from Craig’s character? That way, Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomi Harris (Moneypenny), and Lynch (007) can all stay in their roles, but they’re training for a new Bond. It could make every former Bond actor exist in the same universe, they just name James Bond.
The passing of the name James, however, may not have been quite well-liked among the audience. Plus, continuing the current Craigs era could be too much baggage for the franchise.
There is another way the chain can keep the same Q, M and Moneypenny, but cast a new bond. Do just that: The new Bond may be surrounded by familiar actors, but the world is entirely new—a soft reset for the series that doesn’t acknowledge the events that came before. This is essentially what happened every time a new bond was introduced, so why not now?
Well, one of the reasons it didn’t work is because the Craig era emphasized continuity, and it can be distracting to have the same actors come back and not accept the old Bond.
Considering No Time To Die literally blows Bond away, there’s another way for Bond 26 that could work: reset everything. Remove everything shown in Craig’s Bond movies – burn everything to the ground and start all over again. Cast a new bond, Q, M, and Moneypenny. There might even be a small Bond who is in training and revamping the franchise. It will mark a serious new phase for the series, but any new Bond actor will have the least amount of stuff out of all the options.
Finally, there’s the fact that Amazon has bought MGM, the studio that made the most recent Bond movies with Eon. Can we watch Bond TV series on streaming services? Maybe a series that follows Nomi, or Moneypenny, or Q’s date nights?
“We make movies. We make movies for the cinema,” longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli told Total Film. “that’s what we do.”
Michael G. Wilson, who has been an executive producer or producer on every James Bond film since Moonraker, said: “We have resisted that call for 60 years.”
So, it looks like Bond will continue on the big screen. Whether it’s Nomi in the lead, a new James Bond surrounded by familiar faces, or an entirely new beginning remains to be seen. While we wait to find out, why not check out our take on the best James Bond movies, ranked!