James Bond Executives Claim That The Franchise Was Designed For Theaters Rather Than Television
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson affirm that James Bond films will continue to be released solely in theaters rather than on streaming services.
James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have announced that future entries in the franchise would not be streamed but will instead have a theatrical release date. Following Amazon's March 2022 acquisition of MGM, many fans were afraid that the business would leverage the James Bond property to bolster its streaming originals on Prime Video.
However, in a new interview with Variety, the filmmakers promised fans that 007 will stay exclusive to the big screen. "We're trying to keep it theatrical," Wilson said, which irritated Broccoli, who quickly reacted, "Well, we're going to keep it theatrical." We are not going to attempt; we must succeed. It's merely a movie franchise."
While a narrative Bond TV program appears to be out of the question, 007's Road to a Million, a forthcoming adventure reality show based on the renowned British spy that will take players on a race around the world, has been approved by the producers.
"Audiences will love it, and that's why we agreed to do it," Broccoli stated. "I mean, it startled both us and everyone else. Wow, we're going to do this." The eight-part series is presently in development and will be available on Prime Video exclusively. Broccoli has also announced that the unnamed twenty-sixth Bond film would not begin production until at least 2024.
Fans will also have to wait a little longer to find out who will be the new James Bond, as Broccoli has claimed that the filmmakers must first figure out how to recreate the character before even discussing casting prospects. "And when we cast Bond, it's a 10-, 12-year commitment," the producer remarked, lending credence to claims that the next actor to play the titular character will be in his thirties. Despite the fact that no formal casting announcements are expected for some time, rumors indicate that The Witcher star Henry Cavill is the current betting favorite to portray the legendary double O agent. Other candidates are Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page, Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones, and Happy Valley's James Norton. In addition, Léa Seydoux, who played Madeleine Swann in the Bond flicks Spectre and No Time to Kill has indicated an interest in reprising her role in Bond 26.