Sometimes I feel like I’ve drifted into a world that’s a parody of a real one. This is one of those times as Playbill [via /Film] is reporting that James Bond: The Musical is being put together for Broadway or Las Vegas.
According to Playbill, Executive producer Merry Saltzman (daughter of legendary Bond film producer and impresario Harry Saltzman) has secured the rights and has hired novelist Dave Clarke (“Keeping Hannah Waiting) to pen the book while country composer Jay Henry Weisz (“Driving Home,” “Only One,” “Man in the Bar,” “The Fight”) will handle the music and lyrics.
In addition to a singing and presumably dancing James Bond, the musical will have an original storyline, several Bond villains (although we don’t know if these are new characters or classic ones re-purposed for this new tale), and their “own Bond girl.”
Since Bond stories are relatively plug-and-play (exotic locales, gadgets, save the world, etc.), the notion of a James Bond musical isn’t necessarily outrageous, especially when you consider the variety of tones the films have had over the past 50 years. However, James Bond is an active franchise, and the current films couldn’t be further away from being musical in nature. I’m sure one won’t affect the other, but it will be interesting to see a more lighthearted Bond out in the world if this project comes together. Saltzman is aiming for a late 2017-early 2018 opening.
If James Bond: The Musical does happen, what should some of the songs be? Are there any lyrics that you want to hear? Which Bond Villains would make good musical antagonists? Sound off in the comments section.