‘Bond 25’ Looking for the Next Real-World Threat

     February 19, 2016


Following Spectre, the Daniel Craig Bond films now have two great and two poor entries, and we’re all hoping that what will likely be his final go-round with the character will end his tenure on a high note. Craig has tried to do the best he can with the material presented, and it’s not his fault for dumb screenwriting that tried to ret-con Blofeld in his storyline. He deserves a good closing Bond film, and the producers are already toying with ideas for Bond 25.

Birth.Movies.Death. picked up some quotes from associate producer “Gregg Wilson, son of Eon honcho Michael G. Wilson and heir apparent to the 007 producer’s throne,” about the upcoming sequel, and roughly translated from Norwegian site filmweb.no, they read:

We’ve just begun to doodle with ideas for the next movie. Each script process begins when we ask ourselves the question: “What is the world afraid of now?” In the case of Spectre the theme was global monitoring and utilization of information. So now we are trying to find out what will be relevant in the coming years.


Image via EON Productions

There’s certainly no shortage of scary things in the world, and I hope they don’t keep picking at the cyber warfare stuff. They’ve dipped into that well with Skyfall and Spectre, and there’s more to be worried about. What about drone warfare? What about foreign operations? It’s time to finally update Bond and send him into the field. No one expects (or wants) this spy series to be Zero Dark Thirty, but that’s the tough balance: how do you keep Bond realistic when the time period that birthed him is long dead?

Wilson continued:

We always want to do something new with the Bond character and see him in situations we have not seen him in the past. We must give the audience something new every time…often it helps to go back to Ian Fleming’s novels for inspiration, whether you’re talking about grades or mood…

So where will they look for inspiration? And how much longer until the wheels of production start to turn on a new Bond film? We’ve received a new movie roughly every three years, so while I wouldn’t expect filming or perhaps even a director announcement until the end of 2016 at the earliest, this is a franchise that will never die. Let’s hope it finds some good life for what will probably be Craig’s last outing as 007.


Image via EON Productions/Sony


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