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The James Bond identity is allegedly being “reinvented,” according to the producer. Here’s why:

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Daniel Craig’s portrayal of the fictional spy in the final “James Bond” film, “No Time to Die,” turned out to be a moving, amusing, and action-packed farewell. The film was both a commercial and critically acclaimed triumph under Cary Joji Fukunaga’s direction.

But what about the upcoming Bond movie and who will play Bond now that Craig has finished playing the role? Idris Elba and Henry Cavill are candidates for the role, but for the time being, the property’s creators have not made a decision, despite the wishes of the franchise’s fans.

According to Barbara Broccoli, “Nobody is a contender. We’re discussing where to go with him as we figure that out.”

Added she, “Since it’s really a reinvention of Bond, there isn’t a script and we won’t be able to write one until we know how we’re going to approach the next movie. It will take time as we redefine who he is. Filming won’t start for at least two years, in my opinion.”

The “James Bond” franchise has so far produced 25 films. In addition to Craig, the role has also been portrayed by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan.

James Bond, a dapper intelligence agent who wears a tuxedo and is skilled with both hand-to-hand fighting and guns, is based on the books of British author Ian Fleming. His adversaries are typically maniacal power-seekers who pose a threat to the survival of the globe.

The character is British, hence the role calls for a British actor. However, Lazenby, who portrayed the part in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” was Australian, so an actor who is not British is not out of the question.

Many people have called for a woman to play 007 (some have even dubbed her Jane Bond), but Broccoli has made it plain that the next Bond will likewise be played by a male actor.

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