James Bond Producers to Take Franchise to Different Direction After Daniel Craig's Exit
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The studio bosses behind the 007 franchise are planning a 'different trajectory' while they are taking their time to look for the right star to lead the series.

AceShowbiz - Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are plotting a different trajectory for the James Bond franchise. Barbara has confirmed that film chiefs have to "reimagine the direction" for the long-running spy franchise while producers are searching for a new actor to play 007 after Daniel Craig bowed out in "No Time to Die".

"When you change the actor you have to reimagine the direction the film's gonna go on. When you hire an actor, you're hoping you're going to spend a decade at least with them and make four or five or six films with them," Barbara said in an interview with Empire magazine.

"So you have to think through, 'What is the trajectory? What is that actor going to bring? How are you going to move the series into another direction?' " the 62-year-old producer added, "It's not just flicking through 'Spotlight' and saying, 'Oh, there's a guy who's 6'1'."

Barbara explained that she and Michael will be patient as they look for a successor to Craig. She said, "We're going to take our time. We want to get a sense of where we want to go with the series and we want to do that before we bring anybody else on. We'll start the process probably with (writers) Rob (Wade) and Neil (Purvis) and we'll see where we go!"

The ending of "No Time to Die" saw Craig's Bond sacrifice himself to save love interest Dr. Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) and his daughter Mathilde and Barbara recalled the shock at the ending when it was seen for the first time at the premiere last year.

She said, "It was incredible at the 'No Time To Die' premiere with 4,000 people and you could hear all the people, their breath and their heartbeats and they're going, 'This isn't happening...' And it happens."

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