The James Bond franchise has been there since 1962; it is perhaps the longest-running franchise of any movie ever, having 26 installments. The James Bond role is the most important role in the franchise and demands nothing less than perfection, glitzy style, and action. Even in the movies, you can easily spot how special James Bond is, how smart he is, and does not really completely comply with the rules of the MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service.
Daniel Craig has also been accredited to bring back life into the franchise, which was slowly fading off. As the latest installment of the film launched recently, it was also time for Craig to say goodbye to the role. He did agree it was hard, and he was feeling mixed emotions.
He also has clearly advised the next James Bond to “make it your own — and don’t suck.” He further added, “I would say you’ve got to grab it and make it your own. I think that’s the way to go forward. I mean, I just committed myself to it as much as I possibly could and tried to sort of elevate it as much as I could. I hope I’ve left it in a good place and I hope the next person can just make it fly.”
Craig also called this decades-long franchise “amazing,” teasing that there are still “a lot of stories to tell.” When asked who he thinks would be fit to replace the iconic character, he answered instantly, saying, “It’s not my problem. I’ve got enough on my plate without having to figure that one out. That’s a brain ache. I don’t need that. Whoever it is, you know what, they’ll find someone brilliant and it’ll be great. And I’ll be front and center. I’ll be at the front seat of a cinema with my popcorn and a drink because I can’t wait.”
People have been speculating who the next James Bond will be, a couple of fans tweeted,
Just heard a rumour that Stephen Graham is next in line to play James Bond, with Ken Loach directing. pic.twitter.com/GAHtZtxn6I
— Lord Steerforth (@Lord_Steerforth) October 13, 2021
#TomEllis is trending as a possible actor to play #JamesBond in the future. Glad to see people are agreeing with me on that (though I also think Rege Jean-Page and Tom Mison would be good choices). @tomellis17 pic.twitter.com/55Gq3u3JtU
— Rami Ungar the Writer has an Ax! 🪓 (@RamiUngarWriter) October 14, 2021
On several other occasions, the actor has been asked the same question, but he did not spill out any names. However, speaking candidly, he discussed whether the lead should be a female or an actor of color. We all know there has never been a black James Bond.
Speaking to Radio Times, Craig responded, “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
It is, however, rumored that Lashana Lynch might be the next one to take on the 007 codename. As Craig mentioned, “She’s got devilish humour. Her influence permeates a lot of this film. She walked that fantastic line of keeping it as a thriller and being very funny. But Phoebe didn’t come in to change Bond. She came in to spice it up for sure, but she’s a Bond fan – she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction.”
The Agent 007 role is the life of the franchise. He has always been so classy, well-spoken, and in clear words, a chick magnet. One thing about the 007 franchise is that all actors playing the James Bond role get a specific number of installments to act in, after which Agent 007 is replaced. Netflix also offered to purchase the film.
Pierce Brosnan, too, has been highly appreciated in the past when he played the role. Similarly, after him, Daniel Craig has acted as Agent 007 in five of the James Bond films over the course of 15 years and earning billions of dollars at the box office. Here’s a detailed guide to watching all 007 movies in order.
One thing special about Agent 007 is the sheer classy way they sip martinis. All over the years, the characters have been shown sipping martinis. All in all, there have been 27 instances combined in all the franchises where Bond sips a martini. Craig’s Bond had 9 of them! In fact, his signature style of drinking is quite famous as he always instructs the bartender, “shaken, not stirred.”