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LOS ANGELES: James Bond, the martini-sipping, tuxedo-wearing British secret agent, celebrates 60 years in cinemas on Wednesday, but who will be the next actor to play the iconic role?
The search for a new actor hasn’t even begun since Daniel Craig’s last outing as the suave super-spy in 2021’s No Time to Die, according to Bond brother-producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
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“We actually won’t be looking for an actor for a while,” Broccoli said in an interview ahead of the 60th anniversary of the world premiere of Dr. No, the first Bond film.
“What we have to do is start a whole new discovery, and that’s what’s exciting about being in this place right now,” Broccoli added.
But as fans continue to speculate about who will play one of Hollywood’s most sought-after roles, what qualities are producers looking for in the next Bond actor?
“We want, first of all, a good actor, an actor who isn’t necessarily an action actor, but someone who can play what we hope will be a demanding role that we’re writing in the scripts,” Wilson said. .
“I think it’s definitely number one, but it’s so difficult… I mean, if you look at the actors who have portrayed Bond, it’s very difficult to identify any common characteristic,” he added.
Sean Connery first played the fictional spy created by writer Ian Fleming. He was followed by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and finally Craig.
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Broccoli said casting the right cast was paramount to the success of the franchise.
“Thank goodness they cast Sean Connery first, because I think if it wasn’t for him, who knows if we’d still be here 60 years from now. And each of the actors changed the series in a new direction, kept them fresh and relevant for that time.”