Despite Barbara Broccoli’s 2022 assertion that “nobody’s in the running,” the latest update from Taron Egerton could suggest we’re close to an official announcement. Broccoli was quoted in Variety back in 2021, saying that a casting decision was, “going to be a couple of years off.” With that in mind, we should be due some sort of update in the coming months. Last year, we learned that a new James Bond likely wouldn’t be cast until the producers had decided on a villain for him to go up against. And thus far, there’s been no official word in that department. But with “No Time To Die” originally slated for a 2020 release before being pushed to 2021, Broccoli and co. have had more than enough time to get the casting process going, lending credence to Egerton’s comment about them already having someone.
2022 was, according to Broccoli, the year she, Michael G. Wilson, and longtime Bond casting director Debbie McWilliams would start their search for a new 007. And alongside Egerton, some of the big names making the rounds were “Euphoria” actor Jacob Elordi and “Bridgerton” star Regé-Jean Page. For a long time, Henry Cavill was also mooted as a replacement for Craig, but considering the former Superman star is about to turn 40, his casting seems less and less likely. As does 50-year-old Idris Elba, whose name has been consistently in the conversation since Craig departed. Until now, it’s all been a bit mysterious. But if Egerton’s comments are accurate, we could be learning more in the very near future.