You did not seriously expect a new James Bond film any time soon, did you? If yes, you’re in for a shocker!
In a recent interview with popular entertainment magazine DEADLINE, producer Barbara Broccoli was asked about the future of the James Bond series which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.
Asked whether there was a new actor on the horizon to take over the mantle from Daniel Craig, Broccoli responded with “Nobody’s in the running.”
“We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond. We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”
Reactions from the Bond community have been mixed. Some immediately feared the worst when reading of “reinvention”, others praised the decision in order not to sacrifice the series like Marvel or Star Wars, putting quantity over quality.
My own feelings towards the news are negative. And just now I thought of adding an “as usual” to the previous sentence. NO TIME TO DIE finished filming in October 2019, it’s now 2022. So what have they done in almost three years? There has not been time to explore the odd idea on how the series might continue? No thought spared on who would take over from Daniel Craig? I mean, come on.
Let me dig out an old quote by legendary Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, who said:
“I honestly feel a responsibility toward all the Bond fans out there. I know they look forward to these pictures, and so I’m going to go on delivering them as long as I can. Also, it’s a challenge, which I enjoy. We try to make each picture more exciting than the one before, to take Bond somewhere he hasn’t already been.”
I wish this responsibility could still be felt today. Sadly, the vibe coming from the officials appalingly lacks euphoria for the product and its global community.
It feels like the Bond series is kept alive like a comatose entity – making a film every other year, selling overpriced products in-between and littering social media with largely meaningless posts.
What comes next? We don’t know. And apparently, they haven’t got a clue either. Sad.