Could Skyfall generate 007 `slash’?

Ben Whishaw as Q l and Daniel Craig as Bond in a Skyfall publicity still

Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig in a Skyfall publicity still.

Skyfall, besides having the highest ticket sales in the history of the 007 series, may generate something else: James Bond “slash.”

Slash is DEFINED BY WIKIPEDIA.ORG as a “genre of fan fiction that focuses on the depiction of interpersonal attraction and/or sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex.” According to the online encyclopedia: “It is commonly believed that current slash fanfiction originated within the Star Trek: The Original Series fan fiction fandom, with “Kirk/Spock” stories – generally authored by female fans of the series – first appearing in the late 1970s.”

Slash can also show up as illustrations or music videos utilizing re-edited clips of a television series. Besides Star Trek, other old television series, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Wild, Wild West as well as non-spy shows such as Starsky and Hutch have inspired slash.

Until now, 007 hasn’t been known for slash. Bond has been a lone wolf. It’s not like Star Trek where you had two characters of equal stature as in the television series that inspired slash.

But that may be changing with Skyfall’s introduction of a young Q, played by Ben Whishaw, opposite Daniel Craig’s Bond. Some slash-themed illustrations are showing up on Internet art sites. depicting Bond and Q as more than just friends. You can CLICK HERE to see a sampling of slash and non-slash Bond-Q illustrations on the Deviant Art Web site. The slash illustrations aren’t explicit but could be considered to have a mature theme.

The movie itself included a scene with a scene which, for some, raised the question whether 007 had a bisexual past when Bond meets Silva (Javier Bardem), the film’s villain for the first time. CLICK HERE to view a Nov. 6 Hollywood Reporter story that references that angle, which includes comments from John Logan, one of Skyfall’s screenwriters.

Fans of shows that have slash stories and art have been known to debate the subject. Sometimes, the arguments can get pretty heated. It remains to be seen whether there will be a slash component to Bond fandom aside from the occasional Internet illustration.

Bond 23 generates lots of reading material but few answers

Want to find out what’s going on with Bond 23? It seems like the more you read, the less you *actually* know. But recent articles cover enough ground, a reader can pretty much reinforce his or her own prejudices.

Are you inclined to believe Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Wilson are concerned, hands-on, smart operators trying to get Bond 23 to theaters as soon as possible despite financial troubles at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer? Well, THIS HOLLYWOOD REPORTER STORY VIA REUTERS is for you:

But Bond appears to be left out in the cold as MGM debtholders extended a deadline to get the studio’s financial house in order to September 15. Broccoli and Wilson declined comment but are said to be deeply concerned about the effect of an indefinite delay.

“They’re completely panicked that if they go five, six years without a Bond movie, it’ll be over,” a former MGM insider said. “They don’t want to kill the golden goose.”

That depiction, of course, is different than other accounts where, Wilson in particular, talks about how tired and exhausted he is from making James Bond movies.

On the other hand, if you’re really, really skeptical whether a new Bond movie can possibly come out soon, then READ THIS BLOG BY THE U.K. NEWSPAPER THE INDEPENDENT. Here’s a sample:

Today’s announcement that Daniel Craig is to star in a Hollywood film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is great news for fans of Stieg Larsson. But it represents a rather less exciting development for those who prefer Craig’s other alter ego, James Bond.

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This suggests that the British star may very well not be expecting to be called up for Bond duty any time soon. So 007’s most recent outing, in 2008’s underwhelming Quantum of Solace, is likely to be his last for several more years to come.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times weighed in WITH A LONG STORY YOU CAN READ BY CLICKING HERE that explains how MGM hot into its current mess and the studio’s relationship with Bond. The FT frowns upon even the slightest excerpting on the Web, so we’ll just link to it. One criticism, though: the FT story confuses films released by the old United Artists studio (i.e. the first 11 Bond films, Annie Hall, In The Heat of the Night, The Apartment) with films actually produced and released by MGM before MGM acquired UA.

Bottom line: you may learn *some* things but Bond fans won’t likely find definitive answers to the questions they care most about.