Wednesday, October 12, 2016

007 Producers want Craig Back... after Considering another Actor for the Role

I’m a huge James Bond fan, so pardon me for writing such a gossipy post, but I couldn't resist.
Recently both Hollywood Reporter and Variety ran stories with news about the next actor to play James Bond. 
The producers of the James Bond movies, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson apparently want Daniel Craig to return as 007, according to a senior production executive on the franchise. 
Callum McDougall, executive producer on the last four Bond films, told the BBC Friday that Craig is the “first choice” of Broccoli and Wilson, who run Bond’s production company Eon Prods. 
McDougall, who has worked on nine 007 movies, was asked if Craig would be returning. “I wish I knew,” he said. “We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.” He added that if Craig is willing to join the next Bond movie the role would “absolutely” be his. 
I believe this public campaign via the trades is an earnest effort by everyone involved to make a pivot backwards toward a goal that at one time did not seem even remotely possible. During the promotion of the last movie in the franchise, Spectre, Craig was asked if he would consider going for another round as 007, and his answer was unequivocal — 

“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists.” 

So how did we get here? 
A few months ago, I was talking to someone connected with the Bond Franchise who assured me that it was all but a done deal that the next James Bond would be actor, Tom Hiddleston. For those who don’t live in London, each night when the Mini-series The Night Manager aired, the city became a ghost town because
everyone was home watching the show. 
So what happened? Apparently, everything changed once the actor started dating Taylor Swift. Even though Hiddleston and the pop singer are no longer together, the momentum to hire the actor as the next Bond got derailed as the romance played out. 
This is why we’re now seeing the push to get Daniel Craig back in the role for at least one more pic, with a huge buyout option if it ends up being his swan song.