‘No Time To Die’ producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson were honored by Prince William at an inauguration at Buckingham Palace today (Friday, June 24).
The duo, who run James Bond production company EON, were awarded the Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBEs) on Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honor Roll for services to photography, drama, philanthropy and skills.
After the ceremony, Broccoli told The Independent the award was a “huge honour” and that she was still looking for the next 007 after Daniel Craig retired from the role last year.
She also joked that Prince William would have been the perfect Bond. “He’s busy, unfortunately,” she said, “but he’d be the perfect candidate, ticking all the boxes.” “But it doesn’t exist, unfortunately. So we’re still hunting.”
The royal family has had an intimate relationship with the franchise in recent years, which may not be surprising given the fictional espionage work in Her Majesty’s secret service.
In 2012, the Queen took part in a skit with Craig in which he was seen to collect her from Buckingham Palace before they jumped from a helicopter to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. And last year, Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the world premiere of the much-anticipated No Time to Die in London alongside Broccoli, Wilson and Craig.
Craig also received an award in the Queen’s recent New Year’s Honor: Companion to the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG), which happens to be the same honor James Bond holds in the books. Craig got his services in film and theater rather than spying.
It will be a busy few days for Broccoli and Wilson, who are also due to receive the BFI Fellowship next week, the BFI’s highest honor.