EON Productions boss Barbara Broccoli, in a long interview with the THR Awards Chatter podcast, said major Bond 25 decisions won’t occur until sometime in early 2018.
Given it’s mid-December of 2017, that’s not terribly surprising. But the podcast is a chance for fans to hear things for themselves.
Asked if they know Bond 25’s title or director, she replied: «I don’t. It’s still to be determined.»
Asked about who will distribute the movie, she said, «It’s exciting to be courted. We’ll hopefully be making that decision early next year.» Gary Barber, CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, «is leading this whole crusade,» Broccoli said, referring to the distributor issue. MGM is home studio to the Bond franchise. The last four 007 films were released by Sony Pictures. With Skyfall and Spectre, Sony also co-financed but only got 25 percent of the profits. MGM is getting back into distribution seven years after exiting bankruptcy. It formed a joint venture with Annapurna Pictures to distribute each other’s movies. But, for now at least, that joint venture isn’t involved with Bond 25.
Broccoli was asked whether Bond 25’s distribution may be split between the U.S. and internationally. «That’s all to be decided in the future,» she said.
Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are «busy working away, trying to come up with something fantastic.»
The producer went into more detail about how went to work for EON, co-founded by her father, Albert R. Broccoli. Barbara doesn’t do a lot of interviews and this one is longer than most. Among the highlights:
Working in her teens on The Spy Who Loved Me: «My job was captioning stills.» She had to do through a lot of film and «you’d have to come up with captions». Working on Octopussy as an assistant director: «I was basically a runner. I was a third assistant.» One of her responsibilities was dealing with a large group of young actresses. «I was responsible for herding them and get them around.» Associate producer Tom Pevsner was «a mentor to me.» Broccoli said she learned the art of production scheduling from Pevsner. «He taught me about breaking down scripts…He was an incredible man.»
Pevsner joined the series with 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. With 1987’s The Living Daylights and 1989’s Licence to Kill both Broccoli and Pevsner had the title of associate producer. Pevsner’s final Bond film was 1995’s GoldenEye, where he had the title of executive producer. Pevsner died in 2014.
On her working style with half-brother Michael G. Wilson: «Michael and I are very different. Strangely enough, when it comes to Bond, we always agree.»
On 007 actor Daniel Craig: «He brought humanity to the character making Bond relevant to today.»
Broccoli said she first saw Craig in the 1998 film Elizabeth. «He has the most incredible presence on the screen,» she said of Craig. «He’s lit from within. I remember thinking, ‘What a force.’ I just watched everything he did.» Craig announced in August he’d return for a fifth film as Bond. Before that announcement, Broccoli said, «My heart was breaking.»
You can listen the podcast here. The Broccoli interview begins at the 40:36 mark and lasts almost an hour. She also discusses her non-Bond movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.