How No Time to Die divided Bond fandom

No Time to Die soundtrack cover

Hindsight, it is said, is perfect. So, in hindsight, 2021’s No Time to Die was divisive in the James Bond fan base.

Some Bond fans love the 25th 007 film made by Eon Productions. Others *hate* it. James Bond is not supposed to die! But that’s what happened.

After the demise of Daniel Craig’s Bond in No Time to Die, Eon still is trying to figure out where to go next.

Eon boss Barbara Broccoli, who was always pushing for Craig, now has to confront her emotions. Craig, now into his 50s, *appears* to be done. (But who really knows?)

Historical note: Between 1985 and 1987, Eon not only made a big change in direction (going to a more serious direction) but cast *two* Bond actors. (Pierce Brosnan initially, then Timothy Dalton when Brosnan couldn’t get out of a television contract.)

Broccoli has said Bond 26 won’t start filming until at least two years from now. The Eon boss has said the production company is grappling with the future direction of the franchise.

We’ll see how it goes. In the “old days,” the Bond franchise could make big changes more quickly.

Regardless, Bond fandom has become more polarized, similar to society in general.

5 Responses

  1. Better the end of Bond than any more garbage than NTTD. I pray that the Broccolis sell their interest.

  2. The bigger problem here is how Barbara appears to want to turn EON into an arthouse film production company. Bond seems secondary in the way she’s approaching things now. I’m actually quite surprised that Michael has “allowed” things to go this way.

  3. I still feel that Eon Boss barbara broccoli made bad decision in killing off james bond, only ian fleming could’ve killed bond in his last novel, and then the fans would’ve probably accept it that time.

  4. I thought the number 1 rule of fandom is that you don’t kill off the principle character which the fictional universe is built around.

  5. Barbara Blofeld doesn’t really like Bond anymore. Just hire someone to make Bond and go play in your art house films.

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