Some (not really) wild guesses about 007’s film future

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Image for the official James Bond feed on Twitter

We know a bit more about Daniel Craig’s acting future. With that in mind, here are some wild guesses about the cinema future of James Bond.

If Craig returns for Bond 25, expect to hear about the agony of playing James Bond.

Why’s that, you ask? Because Craig, 48, has always talked as if the role is a burden and he can’t wait to rid himself of it. CLICK HERE for a sample. (“I’ve been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it, but they won’t let me go, “)

If a new new actor is cast as Bond, expect Eon Productions to say it is “going back to (Ian) Fleming.” Why? It’s standard operating procedure. Why change now? As far back as 1972 and 1973, Harry Saltzman claimed in interviews promoting Live And Let Die that Roger Moore was really, really the first choice to play James Bond (but was unavailable) and perfectly embodied Ian Fleming’s depiction of 007.

If a new actor is cast, expect somebody in charge to say that actor was the first choice all along. In 1986, Timothy Dalton was the first choice all along (according to the publicity machine) even though Pierce Brosnan had been approached and signed. Dalton only got the job because NBC exercised its rights for more Remington Steele episodes.

In the 21st century, it doesn’t matter whether Tom Hiddleston, Adian Turner, Henry Cavill or whoever gets the job. They’ll always be described as the “first choice” all along.

Expect somebody in charge to say, “all the money’s up on the screen.” Admittedly, that well-worn trope didn’t come up during the buildup to 2015’s SPECTRE. But we have faith.



8 Responses

  1. They will always describe the new Bond girl as Bond’s equal and not just sexy eye candy like all the previous one’s. They say this with every new Bond film since the 70’s. No matter what they say the Bond girl is always just sexy eye candy.

  2. Sound like the writer of this article hates bond movies…

  3. sounds like the writer also doesn’t know what sarcasm is re: Craig.

  4. Peter may be on to something.

    Obviously Craig was being sarcastic when he said it was his idea to title Bond 22 as Quantum of Solace because who’d ever really believe they’d let an actor name the movie.

    And obviously he was sarcastic when he said the Fleming titles didn’t mean anything when anybody who actually read those stories would know the titles are explained.

    And obviously he was sarcastic when he said he and Marc Forster really wrote Quantum because anybody who actually kept up with stories done during the time of production knew that Joshua Zetumer was hired to do rewrites during filming.

    Just sarcasm.

  5. it’s obvious that spy commander has a talent for sarc as well, but please don’t take headlines so literally. DC said he “was involved in making the decision” of choosing QoS as a title. And he explained the process. Nothing sarcastic about this comment, not a fib either. Just a usual production spit-balling session.

    Re: Zetumer coming on during the filming of QoS while a writer’s strike was going on: Zetmurer, being a guild writer, most likely did his polish on QoS BEFORE the writer’s strike started, which means BEFORE QOS started shooting (or he and the production would have been heavily fined, and Zetumer would have been black-balled from writing features for a very long time, if not forever, since he broke union rules).

    On a film, as several production people can tell you on this site, a script is being massaged throughout the entirety of filming (and hell, even bits of dialogue can be sharpened or changed in post with ADR work).

    Without a writer on set, it’s not difficult to imagine that when the script needed tinkering, the lead actor and director would put together what they thought would work better for that set/scene, whatever.

    And from what I remember, DC said he learned from the experience that he’s no writer.

    BY THE WAY, spy commander, do you actually like DC? I could be wrong, but I’m sensing not, since you trolled me about this on another site, which I’ll also respond to shortly.



  6. Zetumer was hired after the strike.

  7. I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to say that with the Bond films, “the budget is all up on the screen wasn’t just a cliche — it was fact. In fact, the quality of the special effects and sets frequently surpassed relatively modest budgets. Compare that to today, though; I’m still flummoxed as to why Quantum needed a $200 million budget.

  8. I wonder why “Quantum” was made at all. Probably the worst Bond film.

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