The producers of the James Bond film franchise said there are no plans for the British secret agent to star in his own Amazon Prime Video series. “We make films. We make films for the cinema. That’s what we do,” Barbara Broccoli told Total Film. “We’ve resisted that call for 60 years,” added her professional partner, Michael G. Wilson.
IGN said Amazon bought MGM, the studio home of the Bond movies, for $8.45 billion. As part of the pact, Amazon will equally share the rights to the 007 franchise with Broccoli and Wilson’s Eon Productions. Eon will make all creative decisions pertaining to any screen incarnations of author Ian Fleming’s iconic spy.
No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond, is set for theatrical release on Oct. 8 after it was delayed several times because of the coronavirus pandemic. Broccoli and Wilson aren’t sharing where they will take the franchise after that. “It’s tough to think about the future until this film has its moment,” said Broccoli. “We just really want to celebrate this and celebrate Daniel, and then when the dust settles, then look at the landscape and figure out what the future is.”
Craig has played Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre. While the actor is adamant he is done with the series, Martin Campbell, who directed Casino Royale and 1995’s Goldeneye, told Collider he would love to helm another Bond picture. “I would certainly consider it. I enjoy doing Bond. And also, the two producers are great to work with. You’re pretty much given a free hand,” Campbell said. The Bond franchise will mark its 60th anniversary next year. The first film in the series was Dr. No, starring Sean Connery.