James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they are disappointed by the lack of awards recognition for Daniel Craig’s last appearance as 007 in No Time To Die.
Wilson, 80, said he believed Daniel, 54, deserved more accolades for his role in the film, while Broccoli, 61, said she thinks the actor is ‘so convincing’ as 007 that people forget he is even acting.
Wilson told The Times: ‘You’re always happy to get nominated, but Daniel not getting any nods is really amazing to me.’
Accolades: Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they are disappointed by the lack of awards recognition for Daniel Craig’s last appearance as 007 in No Time To Die
Broccoli went on to say that the blow of his lack of acting nominations was somewhat softened as the film, which Daniel produced, as a whole has received recognition.
While Daniel himself did not land an acting nomination, No Time To Die scooped a total of five BAFTA nominations; Outstanding British Film, Special Visual Effects, Editing, Cinematography and Sound.
Broccoli and Wilson also spoke about the task of finding Craig’s replacement as Bond, after the actor completed his fifth and final stint as 007.
Touching on the difficult decision, Broccoli explained that they are looking for an actor to carry the franchise across a number of films.
Awards: Wilson (right), said he believed Daniel, 54, deserved more accolades, while Broccoli (left), 61, said she thinks the actor is ‘so convincing’ as 007 that people forget he is even acting
She said: ‘The thing is, when you cast James Bond you’re not just casting one movie. You’re making a decision that you’re going to have live with for at least a decade.’
Broccoli said casting Daniel in Casino Royale was made easier as they had already decided to do the reboot followed by five interconnected films.
But the producer said it won’t be that easy this time around as they have to both cast the new Bond and decide the theme of the movies ahead.
‘It’s not just, ‘Oh, who looks good in a suit?’ We have to figure this out on our own,’ she added.
Bookmakers favourites for the new Bond are Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page, Luther star Idris Elba and Happy Valley actor James Norton.
The producers also said they believe Bond should be shown in cinemas, as Amazon is set to takeover its parent company MGM Studios in a $8.5billion deal.
The streaming giant, which announced its plans to acquire MGM Studios in May, is reportedly hoping to make several spin-offs from the film franchise.
An Amazon spokesperson, said in December that the deal isn’t closed and the two companies continue to operate separately.
But Broccoli said the idea of Bond spin-off projects, following in the footsteps of the Marvel franchise, makes ‘no sense’ to her as Bond is the centre of the franchise’s universe.
Daniel has previously backed up the producers, saying in December that franchises should remain on the big screen.
Next 007? Touching on the difficult decision of casting the new Bond, Broccoli said they are looking for an actor to carry the franchise across a number of films. Pictured: No Time To Die
The star argued that as long as there are ‘event’ movies that get the whole family out, cinemas have a chance of surviving.
He told The Sun: ‘One of the greatest things that’s happened is we got this movie into the cinema, that’s where Bond movies should be.
‘They don’t look so good on a phone. They look great on an Imax screen.’
It wasn’t the first time that Daniel spoke about the importance of cinema, saying he hoped that the release of No Time To Die, which is the 25th film in the franchise, would boost the industry.
In September, he said: ‘Cinema is here to stay as far as I’m concerned and if we can help in some way, I’ll be very happy.’
Streaming: Wilson and Broccoli (pictured with Daniel in April 2019) said Bond should be shown in cinemas, as Amazon is set to takeover its parent company MGM Studios in a $8.5billion deal
His comments came after it was reported that studio MGM had held discussions with Netflix and Apple about releasing No Time To Die directly on to a streaming platform when its release was postponed.
At the time, MGM quashed rumours that it was thinking of offering the film to streaming services for a $600million one-year licensing deal.
When asked if it came close to the film bypassing a theatrical release, producer Barbara Broccoli told PA: ‘Not for us. Fortunately, we have great partners with MGM and they stuck with us, and the pressure was tremendous on them, obviously.
‘But I think we’ve learned many things during this 18-month period and certainly one of them is the sense of community, that we need people, we’re social creatures, and we need each other.
‘I think there’s no better place to come together than the cinema. And we are hoping this is going to be a joyful return for people to come back with their friends and their families to see the film and to again celebrate, after a very long and difficult period.’
Big screen: Daniel Craig hinted that Amazon’s proposal to make spin-off Bond films could spell disaster for cinemas, saying franchises should remain on the big screen
After bidding farewell to Bond, Daniel will return to the stage this year as Macbeth in a revival of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, with Ruth Negga making her Broadway debut playing Lady Macbeth.
Macbeth will play at Longacre Theatre in New York starting March 29 with an opening set for April 28.
Tony Award-winner Sam Gold will direct. Barbara Broccoli, who produces the James Bond films with her brother, is a producer of Macbeth.
Craig was last on stage in a 2013 revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal opposite his wife, Rachel Weisz, and directed by Mike Nichols.
Craig also starred opposite Hugh Jackman in 2009’s A Steady Rain. Gold directed Craig in a 2016 off-Broadway production of Othello alongside David Oyelowo.