William would be a perfect candidate for 007, say James Bond producers

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson said they are “still looking” for the next 007, joking that it is unfortunate that the “perfect candidate” for the Duke of Cambridge is not available for the role.

The filmmaking brothers picked up their CBEs from William at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Broccoli has produced the last nine Bond films, including Casino Royale, Skyfall and, most recently, No Time To Die with her brother, and she said it was a “huge honor” to accept a CBE from the Duke.

She added that “unfortunately, the person we just met is not available” for the franchise’s top job.

Ms Broccoli said: “He is busy unfortunately but he would be the perfect candidate, he ticks all the boxes.

“But he is not available, unfortunately. So, we are still on the hunt.”

Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson receive their CBEs from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Asked if the pair have a favorite Bond movie, Wilson said: “We like them all. We always find something great in every movie, especially, you know, the different actors who made great movies.

“I think in our hearts we believe that at least one of his films is excellent, if not several.”

The duo owns Eon Productions, a family business founded by his father, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, and Broccoli described the duo working together as “a good team, brother and sister.”

She added: “It’s very smooth when we’re working together. It’s only around the dinner table that we have disagreements!”

Mrs. Broccoli described the British film industry as “the biggest in the world” and, as she reflected on her career that has spanned four decades, she said: “’I loved working in this industry.

“It’s the most amazing job to have and, you know, you meet the most extraordinary people and making these movies is a privilege.”

Also among those honored at the Palace on Friday was Figen Murray, mother of Martyn Hett, who died in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.

Speaking about the motivations behind her anti-terrorism campaign, she said: “I could have gone bankrupt, but that wouldn’t have been the right answer.”

Investiture at Buckingham Palace

Figen Murray said his son, a victim of the Martyn Hett terrorist attack, would be ‘very emotional’ in his OBE (DOminic Lipinski/PA)

She added: “I also felt that, as someone who was directly affected by terrorism, I was in a position, through my personal resilience, to really break the cycle of hate by forgiving. So it was really important for me to do that.”

Asked what the OBE means to her and her family, she told her husband: “I think Martyn would be very emotional, wouldn’t he?”

Meanwhile, in the field of public health and science, June Raine, Executive Director of the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency, has been named Lady for Health Services and Covid-19 Response.

She described it as “a fantastic honor” and said the recognition “goes to everyone who worked during Covid”.

“Our team is incredibly special, totally dedicated and those years of hard work that ensured we got the blows on time… it was all worth every minute.”

She added: “I think we’ve shown how an integrated system that brings people together is what it takes, and we are wonderfully blessed with the ecosystem in this country of superb science, but also an NHS that unites as well.

“So I think what we’ve learned will lead us to a real asset to the UK for developers looking to bring new drugs and new vaccines into use to do it here first.”

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