James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are bringing 007 to the small screen for the first time.
Earlier this year, the duo green lit a unique TV project007’s Road to a Million, which will take the form of a reality adventure series in which contestants will be given a series of tasks to win a prize of £1 million.
The decision to take steps with the Amazon Prime Video’s show surprised fans, with bosses previously claiming the franchise only belonged on the big screen.
In addition, Barbara shared: Variety: ‘People have always come to us for doing a TV show, [saying,] “Oh, you should do a Bond challenge”, but we always steered clear of it because we didn’t want to endanger people and make them do dangerous things because it’s not for members of the public – it’s for trained professionals. ‘
But that changed when 72 Films approached the team with a “nice” but safe idea.
“It wouldn’t be dangerous for the contestants, that’s the most important thing,” Michael added, while the eight-episode series was in production, with Barbara saying things “look really great.”
She explains: ‘The public will get a big kick out of it, which is why we agreed to do it. I mean, it surprised us as much as everyone else. Like, wow, we’re going to do this.’
The game show was unveiled a week after Amazon’s $8.5 billion deal for MGM in March, but the producers have continually dismissed the idea of Bond appearing on a streaming service.
“We’re trying to keep it theatrical,” Wilson said, as Barbara went one step further.
She insisted, “Well, we’ll keep it theatrical. We’re not going to try; we have to do it. It’s just a theatrical franchise.”
The key question surrounding the global espionage phenomenon, which began 60 years ago in 1962, is the question of: who will replace Daniel Craig? in the iconic role after his final appearance in No Time To Die, in which he starred in five films over 15 years.
No one yet knows who will replace Bond in the next installment of the franchise, or when the next movie is slated to release, with the producers taking the time to figure things out.
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