Daniel Craig is being granted ample time to run his victory lap as James Bond 007, according to the film’s producers.

With the release of Daniel Craig’s 007 swansong No Time To Die finally around the corner, his time as the suave superspy is finally up, albeit in a more delayed fashion than originally intended. The bookmakers have duly kicked into gear and the usual names are once more being rolled out for the public to ponder, but Barbara Broccoli, one half of the producing duo with a controlling interest in the 007 character, has put a stop to all of that by stating that the search for Craig’s replacement won’t begin until next year.

Speaking to BBC’s Today show alongside producing partner, Michael G Wilson, Broccoli said “we’re not thinking about it at all. We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future”

Wilson also added that “he’s been such a great Bond. Those are big shoes to fill. I can’t even [think if it’s] possible.”

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Whilst everybody has their favourite 007 era, it’s hard to argue with the notion that Craig, Broccoli and Wilson have revitalised the franchise with this iteration of the character, creating a template that Craig’s successor will most likely move forward with.

Both Broccoli and Wilson understand that Craig’s depiction of the character is a huge aspect of this transformation and are keen to pay tribute to the actor as he retires his tuxedo, with Broccoli stating “we could see he was reluctant to do it, because he knew it would change his life, which it obviously has. It’s changed his life, but it hasn’t changed him”.

“What he’s enabled us to do with the franchise is really explore the emotional life of Bond and go into the person and complexity and conflicts that happen within the Bond character”.

No Time To Die finally arrives in UK cinemas this Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter

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