Bond’s special relationship: Broccoli and Craig

Eon’s Barbara Broccoli and current James Bond star Daniel Craig

However Bond 25 turns out — and there’s a lot of filming yet to go — the movie may wrap up a noteworthy era: the relationship between Eon Productions boss Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig.

The two have a closer producer-star relationship than any other in Bond film history.

Don’t take the blog’s word for it. Statements and actions made over the years demonstrate it.

2006: During production of Craig’s debut Bond film, Casino Royale, the Eon boss commented during an interview about Craig in historic terms.

Well, he’s a phenomenal actor. I think he’s the actor that defines his generation of actors.

Generation is an imprecise term. Still, it’s probably fair to say the generation of Craig (b. 1968) includes George Clooney (b. 1961), Brad Pitt (b. 1963), Matt Damon (b. 1970), Ben Affleck (b. 1972), Idris Elba (b. 1972) and Leonardo DiCaprio (b. 1974).

2015: SPECTRE poster reveals that Daniel Craig is one of three co-producers. It’s the first time that a Bond actor has received any type of producing credit.

2015: With SPECTRE, Craig’s fourth film as James Bond about to come out, Barbara Broccoli says in a Huffington Post story she’s in denial about a Craig-less James Bond future.

“I just don’t want to think about it,” Barbara tells HuffPostUK on the subject of 007’s eventual replacement. “I’m in denial. I don’t want to think about that day. Daniel Craig is Bond, forever, as far as I’m concerned.”

2017: With Daniel Craig secured for Bond 25, Barbara Broccoli describes her feelings to a podcast by The Hollywood Reporter.

Until Craig announced in August 2017 he’d be back, Broccoli said: “My heart was breaking.” In response to a question, she says all the Bond actors have been good but Craig is the best Bond. “He is particularly incredible.”

2018: A number of Bond 25 press releases (SUCH AS THIS ONE and THIS ONE) list Daniel Craig along with Eon’s Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at the beginning as if Craig was right there in making the decision. That’s new territory for the Bond film series.

2019: During a livestream about Bond 25, the host, sitting with Barbara Broccoli says, “Let’s have a little reminder of how he took on this iconic character and truly made it his own.” A montage of clips from Craig’s James Bond films follows.

2019: Barbara Broccoli says in an interview she hasn’t given up on the idea that Daniel Craig may return after Bond 25.  “He’s so much a part of the whole process, we’ll make a great movie and then see what happens.”

5 Responses

  1. Is she still single? It has sounded for years that she has fallen for him.

    Regarding the producing role. Thats commen to get a higher paycheck so you do not affend the actors union.

  2. Geez….when you gush like some stupid little school-girl instead of acting like a real responsible Producer that should be watching costs, it must be REALLY easy for Craig to negotiate the highest salary and additional position knowing how much he is wanted by the one that pays him.
    Her father, Albert R,, and Harry Saltzman must be spinning in their graves. I guess she learned nothing from them.
    What a moron!

  3. Never trust the judgement of a fangirl (or a fanboy). Seriously, one needs a certain dispassionate distance to be good at making decisions. No one involved with Spectre made any good decisions.

  4. Agree about Barbara Broccoli.
    Seems to be WAY out of touch and almost hate the Bond industry (except for the image she can use with it).
    Wish they would sell it all off and let someone that respects and cares for it all take over.

  5. It’s a shame reading the vitriolic comments here. She’s in charge, she can do what she wants. But I agree that giving him producer’s credit was a mistake. Cubby and Harry didn’t give it to Connery (who deserved it more than Craig) and they were right to do so.

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