The Bond producers have always had their finger on the pulse of film trends and right now the big trend seems to be actors reprising iconic roles. As far as I can tell this seems to have kicked off with the original cast of Star Wars returning for the Force Awakens and now there’s much hype surrounding Keaton’s return to Batman and apparently everyone who’s ever been in a Spider-Man movie will be back for the next one.
As with any trend, could this be applied to Bond?
Theoretically yes. Bond doesn’t have a high concept mechanic like the multi-verse to play with and passing the torch isn’t really an option as the producers have shot down the code-mane idea (plus if a passing of the torch were to happen it would be in NTTD). However there’s no reason Bond 26 couldn’t reacquaint us with an older Bond picking up from the pre-reboot series.
And if this were to happen then it would have to be Brosnan. While well regarded by fans neither Lazanby or Dalton clicked with the general public in the same way and wouldn’t generate the necessary buzz.
Is this a good idea? I don’t think it is, but when has that ever stopped anyone from following a trend?