Barbara Broccoli, James Bond producer says she regrets not having Daniel Craig do more James Bond films. Since 2006, Craig has starred in five Bond movies, including Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die. The actor’s original contract originally stipulated four films but was extended for one final film to mark his final outing as 007, which was No Time To Die.
Barbara Broccoli has been a producer on the Bond series with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson since their father, famed James Bond producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, passed away. She and Wilson own the rights to the series through Eon Productions and have spearheaded the franchise ever since. Barbara Broccoli began working on the Bond series as early as 17 years old, eventually becoming an associate producer during the Dalton-era films and graduating to owner/producer in 1995 with GoldenEye, starring Pierce Brosnan as the spy.
In a podcast interview with Deadline, Barbara Broccoli expresses that she regrets not having Daniel Craig sign up for more James Bond films. The producer addressed her regret while answering a question about Daniel Craig floating the idea of killing James Bond off at the end of his run. The conversation took place in Berlin, just after the premiere of Casino Royale, as the two were driving back to the hotel when Daniel Craig first asked about how many James Bond films he had had to do. Barbara Broccoli said “four,” as that was what the contract stipulated, but admits she now wishes she had said “nine or ten,” just to keep Daniel Craig around. Here’s what Barbara Broccoli had to say:
“We had opened up [Casino Royale] and it was a big success and everybody embraced him and it was all great excitement. And, he and I were in the back of the car in Berlin, going from the screening there to the hotel. And, he brought the idea up then. He said, ‘What about if I die at the end?’ Well, first of all, he said, ‘How many of these pictures have I got to do?’ Which made me laugh. All the negotiating we’d been doing with the agents and everybody and we thought he was really up to speed, which he would’ve been, but he kind of put it to the back of his mind. And, he said, ‘How many?’ And, stupidly, I said four. I should’ve said nine or ten. I should’ve lied. But, I said four, which is what the deal was at the time.”