Seydoux has the honor of being only the second “Bond woman” to appear in two films in a row (if you count Eunice Gayson’s relatively brief turn as Sylvia Trench way back in Dr. No and From Russia with Love), and certainly the first whose relationship with Bond not only spanned more than one adventure but went in a new, more complex direction. The birth of Mathilde allows Bond to realize that, amidst all the death, violence, and destructive behavior in his life, he has managed to leave something good behind.
“It made me sad, actually, it made me really sad,” Seydoux says when asked for her reaction to seeing Bond’s death play out on the page. “But I hope they will find a new way to—you know they will find something else.”
There’s no indication yet what that “something else” will be, but it will probably not involve either Madeleine or her daughter.
While it’s notable Seydoux gets the final line of the movies where she quotes James’ “Bond, James Bond” introduction, the very last frame of No Time to Die indeed tells us that “James Bond will return.” We suspect that longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are already beginning to mull over who will be fitted for the tux and the Aston Martin next.
“It’s going to take some time,” warned Broccoli in a recent interview with Variety. “It’s a big decision. It’s not just casting a role. It’s about a whole rethink about where we’re going.”
With that said, Seydoux has already moved on to new horizons. Last year, she starred in Wes Anderson’s latest celebrated film, The French Dispatch, and earlier this month she starred in David Cronenberg’s return to the realm of body horror in Crimes of the Future, a feat we talked with both Seydoux and Cronenberg about right here.