This is an unofficial news sources for the sequels in the James Bond movie franchise. It is expected that Daniel Craig shall reprise the role of James Bond in Bond's 23rd outing.
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MGM are, and have been for many years, dealing with significant financial debts, to the tune of almost $4bn. With concerns about the company’s solvency, a recent conference call debated whether the studio should file for bankruptcy in a bid to gain back some of the otherwise lost money.
Should this happen, MGM’s assets might be sold to cover the debts, including the rights to the James Bond franchise, the potential RoboCop remake could never see the light of day. This would inevitably delay Bond 23, and who knows what else.
MGM’s current plan is to convince creditors to waiver interest payments until January 2010, with that money instead going to fund new movies. There’s a lot up in the air right now, but we’ll keep you posted.
The team at Time Out have written an open letter to Bond 23 writer Peter Morgan, with a couple of Dos and Don’ts. Included are — find interesting and exciting locations, do not copy the Bourne series, make the Bond girl a pivotal role, give characters room to breathe.
The letter openly praises Casino Royale’s approach, but is quick to point out the flaws in Quantum of Solace.
While we at Time Out are thrilled that you, one of our country’s most talented and inquiring screenwriters, have accepted the challenge of penning the next James Bond movie, there are a few salient points we feel you might like to keep in mind while writing what will inevitably become one of 2011’s most important and, we hope, enjoyable movies. We trust you accept our advice in the friendly spirit with which it’s intended…
Please give the characters room to breathe
Perhaps the greatest stride writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and erstwhile colleague Paul Haggis made with ‘Casino Royale’ was giving Bond and his companions a real sense of life, depth and emotional conflict. We’re used to Bond the wisecracking automaton, but with an actor like Daniel Craig in the role this approach is a terrible waste. ‘Quantum of Solace’ reduced Bond to little more than grunts and sneers – a smart thug who faces off against a loquacious but rather pathetic villain. You’ve already proved your worth as a master of verbal sparring in your previous scripts, so we’re sure you’ll have the murderous banter down pat. The challenge will be to make us care about Bond again.
Please respect your audience
There’s no doubt that the best of Bond is revealed when there’s a strong storyline packed with twists, switchbacks and double crosses: just think of Sean Bean’s deception in ‘Goldeneye’, or Vesper’s betrayal in ‘Casino’. As long as your action sequences are gripping and your characters convincingly motivated, there’s no crime in keeping the viewer guessing.
Please don’t waste your Bond girls
Another of the great pleasures offered by ‘Casino Royale’ was the chance to see Bond confronted by female characters who could hold their own: not just Eva Green’s scheming Vesper, but Judi Dench’s fractious, commanding M. Dench was the best thing in ‘Quantum’, but she was let down by Olga Kurylenko’s fiery but underused Camille. It’s a lesson the makers of Bond have been long in learning: these women can be more than just eye-candy. A strong female lead doesn’t just centre the film, she allows writers and audiences a chance to get to the core of Bond himself.
Please don’t remake the Bourne series
Both ‘Casino’ and ‘Quantum’ were clearly inspired by the downbeat realism of the Bourne trilogy, but while the former balanced gritty action sequences with a wry streak of self-deprecating humour, the writers and director of ‘Quantum’ seemed content with an endless parade of repetitive shakycam punch-ups in grimy locales. So, while action is clearly the lifeblood of the series, remember that Bond always benefits from a moment of levity amid the mayhem.
Please show us something we haven’t seen before
It’s hard to think of anywhere Bond hasn’t been (Antarctica? Everest? Leamington Spa?), but one of ‘Quantum’ director Marc Forster’s better accomplishments was picking some stunning international locations, from the seedy streets of Panama and the barren Atacama Desert in Chile to the grandiose opera house at Lake Constance in Austria. While the old Bonds were increasingly confined to traipsing between MI6 and Moscow battling the same faceless, jabbering Russkies, the global nature of the new films’ mysterious conspiracy means that Bond can now head just about anywhere, and beat up just about anyone.
Finally, we await the Bond producers’ choice of director with bated breath. Some interesting names have been rumoured, though we understand Danny Boyle has officially denied all knowledge and Christopher Nolan is busy with all that Batman business. But the Bond films have never been about the big-name directors; in fact, with names like Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl and Paul Haggis, you could say it’s one of the few major film series where the choice of writer actually matters more than the choice of director. Which is where you come in, Mr Morgan.
Yours in anticipation,
MTV are reporting, via an anonymous source, that British born actor Michael Sheen will play Blofeld in Bond 23. The creative process for Bond 23 only started very recently, possibly just this month. Any casting rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, although this speculative casting is both exciting and encouraging and would presumably offer a new look for the archetypal Ernst Stavro Blofeld villain.
Multiple Oscar winner Peter Morgan is co-scripting the Bond movie — he and Sheen have worked together on numerous occasions, including “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon”. This long standing writer-actor relationship gives some significant weight to the rumor; and we already know Morgan has the Midas touch when writing for Sheen — this could be good, very good.
A very brief quote from James Bond producer Michael Wilson, in an interview with The Sun, tells us that work on the 23rd Bond film is now underway.
“We have started work on the new film, which I can’t say anything about. Daniel Craig is very keen to get going.”
Wilson also suggested that contenders for the next Bond theme tune could be Duffy or Amy Winehouse. I don’t think we can really take anything from that though:
‘I would love to get Duffy to sing the next tune,’ he said. ‘I think she is wonderful. Amy Winehouse would be good too.’
MTV caught up with Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster to ask him about Bond 23:
“They asked me if I wanted to […] I’ll never say never again, but at this point I would say no.”
As for what he would like to see in the next Bond movie, Forster added:
“It really depends on what direction they want to take it. […] For me, I wanted to take it to a harder and darker place, but now that that journey I’ve gone on has succeeded, I feel like the next one can take it to a bit more humorous place again.”
“I feel like next time you should take it in a lighter and more humorous way, maybe add a few more girls and a bit more sex – all that kind of stuff […] I think that would be interesting.”
Speaking in the UK’s Metro newspaper, Daniel Craig briefly commented on the schedule for Bond 23:
‘[Dame Judi] is great. I’m sure she will be back when we get rolling again next year.’
When in 2010 we don’t know, not really helping us guess the next release date. Meanwhile Michael G Wilson commented at the Bradford International Film Festival that no further, significant work on Bond 23 has yet taken place:
The only news Wilson broke about the next Bond film is that there is no news at all. He said there had been no significant work done on the next entry.
I think we can almost certainly cast these as fake in the category of rumor mongering for the sake of jumping on the back of another movie’s success to sell newspaper copies. The Sun report that Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto has been invited to screen test for James Bond 23 — producers were supposedly impressed by her during casting for Quantum of Solace, but at that time she was too young to play a ‘secret agent’s lover’.
The Sun are continuing with their already debunked Danny Boyle to direct rumor. Maybe Dev Patel will be the next Bond?
This was a short lived rumor, and as our instincts told us, it was best not to trust the Sun’s news story however plausible it seemed. Last week The Sun broke the news, amidst a flurry of Slumdog Millionaire attention, that Boyle was inline to take the helm of James Bond 23. In response, a spokesperson for Boyle recently announced to WENN:
‘While Danny says he always has and always will enjoy the Bond movies he has no plans to direct one. Danny is naturally flattered to be thought of!’
Before speaking directly with Entertainment Weekly:
‘I enjoy the Bond movies, always have and always will, but I have no plans to direct one. I don’t know who came up with the story, but please tell them I’m very flattered to be thought of!’
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