L.A. Times blog says 007 hiatus is needed

We were catching up on our reading and found this item, written by Patrick Goldstein and originally published on April 20 in the “Big Picture” blog of the Los Angeles Times. Goldstein argued, in effect, that while Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc’s financial troubles forced the production of Bond 23 to be indefinitely delayed, the hiatus would do 007 good. An excerpt:

In fact, if I were at the Bond helm, I’d put the franchise in suspended animation for a while. If you were unlucky enough to see the last Bond entry, the unbelievably awfully titled “Quantum of Solace,” you’d know that it’s time to send the series back into the shop. The 2008 film cost far more than any of its predecessors, but actually made less money (in worldwide grosses) than 2006’s “Casino Royale,” though of course when you still make $576.3 million, it’s nothing to sneeze at.

But the franchise felt tired. In fact, it looked like an aging hipster with a bad face lift, especially when you tried to imagine Bond competing with all of its younger, sleeker offspring, films like “Iron Man,” “Wanted” and “The Bourne Identity” series, which all are deeply rooted in the Bond adventure hero mystique, but have updated both the tone (more irony) and technology (even more gadgets) of the story. With Hollywood in the midst of a torrid love affair with 3-D, it might be a good idea for the Bond folks to sit on the sidelines and see how the 3-D mania plays out.

You can view the entire blog item by CLICKING HERE. Given the way the MGM story is going, Goldstein may get his wish.