Immediately after Daniel Craig stepped back from the iconic James Bond role following 'No Time to Die', speculation began to mount on who might replace him as 007.

However, it seems that although the rumour mill has placed several candidates in the frame, Bond producers are running way behind everyone else's schedule.

Producer Barbara Broccoli revealed in a new interview with The Guardian that the Bond team haven't even begun to plan the follow-up to 'No Time to Die', much less work on it.

"I think these movies reflect the time they are in, and there’s a big, big road ahead reinventing it for the next chapter," she said, "and we haven’t even begun with that."

She added that there was always a possibility of the character being reinvented in some way, saying "I go back to GoldenEye, when everyone was saying ‘the cold war is over, the wall is over, Bond is dead, no need for Bond, the whole world’s at peace and now there’s no villains’ – and boy was that wrong!"

Broccoli also revealed that despite the Bond franchise being sold to Amazon in 2021 - and a Bond-themed reality show called 007: Road to a Million set to debut on Prime Video next month - any future Bond films will be made for cinema, not streamers.

"We make the Bond movies for the big theatrical screen," she said, "and everything about the Bond movies is for audiences to see around the world on that format, so we’ve not wanted to do television."

In any case, it looks like we may be waiting another couple of years at least for the 26th Bond film.