Here’s a wrinkle in the Bond saga we haven’t discussed yet: MGM possibly wanting to sell to another studio or streaming platform.
The buyer then would have access to thousands of movies, including the entire Bond library.
MGM would like to sell to another studio or streaming platform before the when pandemic ruins the film industry. Ulrich, sources talks, wanted to strike a settlement with the firm in the region of $8 billion. This is a high amount of money and while MGM controls a 4000 titles library which everything from “The Silence of Lambs” to “Rocky,” many intellectual titles that also has been heavily profited
I can see why MGM wants to get out, but there have been relatively few signs that Apple is interested in being or buying a film studio. Sure, they had roots in Pixar at one point when Steve Jobs was still alive, but look where that ended up (Disney).
Netflix might like to buy MGM, but that also seems unlikely to me, again due to the price tag. Who else is in the mix, studio-wise to buy them? Forget about AT&T, WarnerMedia seems to be more seller than buyer lately.
It is worth discussion that a way Bond might skip a theatrical release is through a sale to a streaming platform. We want to see Bond in theaters and hope MGM stays the course, but that’s anything but guaranteed in the current environment.
Ian Fleming has been dead for many years, but his iconic espionage character James Bond has lived on through the eyes of multiple actors.
Daniel Craig has already filmed his last outing in Bond #25: No Time To Die. Presumably we’ll see this movie before the end of 2020, but with moves and delays, it might be 2021. Whenever that film debuts, should there be Bond #26 with another actor playing James Bond?
That’s a question that’s been asked after every Bond actor has left the franchise. When Sean Connery left and was replaced by Roger Moore (also for one film George Lazenby). Moore left, then Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and now, soon, Daniel Craig.
Bond will go on with another actor in the title role.
It’s an interesting question, though, how many iterations should continue before the purity of the character is completely compromised. Maybe that’s already happened. James Bond as Fleming originally conceived is dubiously relevant any more. Should they have kept the character frozen in time, continuing to work through missions in the 60s or brought him into modern times, changing him to fit into modern times. They’ve done the latter, at times fairly successfully, so it seems that the original creation can be changed with time and box office success can continue.
It really boils down to a deeper, more pure question: should it continue? We know it can
In the music world, comparatively, we’ve seen more and more original members of rock bands dying and fans divided over the band continuing with very few or no original members left. Most recently, this happened with Frankie Banali the drummer for the band Quiet Riot. Kevin Dubrow, the lead singer died years ago. Banali originally retired the band vowing never to play again out of respect for Dubrow. Then a few years later he decided, with the blessing of Dubrow’s family, to continue. Quiet Riot would cycle through singers, including James Durbin, an American Idol finalist. Jizzie Pearl was the singer for a little while, then left when Durbin stepped in and recorded two albums, then left, and Pearl is back as the current singer.
And then a few weeks ago, Frankie Banali succumbed to death by pancreatic cancer. The band had committed dates and have decided to continue on, essentially without any members of the classic lineup of Quiet Riot (Dubrow, Banali, Carlos Cavazo on guitar and Rudy Sarzo on bass).
The surviving members of QUIET RIOT said it was “Frankie Banali’s wish that the band continue and we keep the music and the legacy alive.”
Quiet Riot is noteworthy for being the first heavy metal band to chart #1 with their album Metal Health. I saw them on their follow-up tour for Condition Critical in the 80s. They were a good band, albeit formulaic, and it seems they could never match the success of Metal Health. A lot of 80s bands put out 1 or 2 great albums and then just faded into obscurity.
Sarzo and Cavazo are still alive and one would think they’d be the ones most likely to carry the band name forward, but they are involved with other projects. Chuck Wright, the current Quiet Riot bassist did play bass on a couple songs on the recorded Metal Health album, so that’s about the closest connection the band has to the classic lineup.
As more bands become brands, it’s essentially the same thing as what’s happening with James Bond. Should the brand, IP, franchise continue without the original creators?
James Bond is a somewhat unique case. He’s a character that can continue to evolve with times, since he’s done it already. As a fan of the original Fleming Bond, I’ve become less interested over time in the modernizing of the character. That’s not to say some of the recent Bond films haven’t been good, they just haven’t been Goldfinger or Dr. No. Even some of the cheesy 80s Bond films with Roger Moore like Moonraker seem closer to the flavor and spirit of Fleming’s original character than more recent iterations, but it’s a deeper and more complex issue.
Should James Bond Continue?
I think yes. How he is portrayed is the subject of greater debate among fans. Personally, I’d like to see a retro Bond explored next. Go back to the 60s and give us another cold war spy thriller.
Yes, the times have changed and a lot of what happened during those times would not be socially correct in a film post 2020, but hey, do it anyway. No cell phones, no internet, just Bond and Q’s gadgets fighting and foiling global dominators. At least give it a try and see what the ticket sales say. If it works, make a few more. When the retro fad energy dries up, then go back to the modern Bond and see what a James Bond today would be like.
My feelings on rock bands is essentially the same. Let the artists play the music as long as people will pay to see it. Cover bands have existed forever, and will continue, so why not? The music should continue. Whether or not to tour under band names without original members? It’s a case by case basis. Rush touring without Neil Peart? Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson say no for the moment, but maybe in a few years they decide to get out there again. AC DC can go on as long as they have Angus Young, but when he’s gone? Well, there’s always Hell’s Belles.
There really isn’t a right or wrong answer that fits every circumstance. Generally speaking, when the character or franchise becomes big enough, when it attracts a large enough audience, it gains its own form of immortality. It can live well beyond the creators.
For those of us looking forward to James Bond #25: No Time To Die in April, we now can thank the coronavirus for the studio’s decision to push back the release to November.
But hey, you can still see Daniel Craig on SNL, even though the movie won’t be out for another seven months.
…the studio worked with “Saturday Night Live” to get James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, to host the comedy sketch show ahead of the film’s original release. Craig will still host this Saturday night, but he’s now promoting a movie that won’t come out for seven months, which is less effective than if the film was coming out next month as intended.
Just got back from the first of two vacations in Las Vegas and the coronavirus wasn’t big news there. I didn’t learn about this delay until I got home and our oldest son told me about it. The studio’s decision makes sense, especially when we look at box office revenue for the last three James Bond movies.
With many theaters in China currently closed, the studio can’t afford to have its major tentpole movie open only in the United States, especially if the reviews are poor. If the film receives positive press, it probably wouldn’t hurt, but the studio doesn’t want to gamble on a film with a budget over $200 million, especially when the last one saw a modest drop from the film before (Skyfall).
The CNBC article goes into more hypotheticals about other major movies delaying their release dates. Why it is downplaying that possibility, it’s reasonable to assume that more will push their dates back.
If that happens, what movies will be left to open? Could provide some smaller budget and indie films longer opportunities in the theaters to leg out. Keep your eyes on the following bigger anticipated movies and their current wide release dates (very subject to change in our current environment):
Mulan – March 27 (Disney)
No Time To Die – April 10 moved to November 25, 2020 (United Artists / EON)
Black Widow – May 5 (Disney / Marvel)
F9: The Fast Saga – May 22 (Universal)
Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5 (Warner Bros.)
How many of these listed above will change is unknown, but if you’re looking forward to some of them coming out in the near future, might want to temper those expectations. At least until the lab wizards develop a coronavirus vaccine or until flu season passes.
Daniel Craig is done with Bond after No Time To Die. The speculation has been raging for quite some time who will take his place, but nothing official will happen until after the smoke clears from the launch of Bond 25.
Some have speculated that there won’t be any more James Bond. To that, I’d say no way. Broccoli and Wilson / Eon will do more Bond. It’s a lucrative franchise and you have to keep putting out movies at least once in a great while to keep it relevant and the cash register ringing.
I don’t know who should play the next James Bond. I don’t really follow British actors that well (I don’t follow any actors well), but I do think it should be a brit. I mean, really, who wants an American with a fake accent playing Bond? Also, I have zero — below zero — interest in a woman playing Bond. That’s not a slight at #MeToo that’s a slight at keeping the character at least somewhat honorary to Ian Fleming’s original vision.
So, we need a brit. Some kind of brit.
If you’d asked me about Timothy Dalton, I probably would have said no, but then I liked Dalton in the role. Maybe he didn’t have the most compelling scripts, but I think the actor could have had some hits given more time and better material.
So, maybe Henry Golding as a choice would be … OK.
From a diversity standpoint, Golding’s Malaysian heritage means the Bond series would finally star its first person of color. But, as would have been the case with Elba, Golding is also a British actor. Bond’s skin tone might not be integral to the character, but his status as a Brit certainly is. Casting Golding would push Bond forward into the modern world without sacrificing what makes him distinctive.
Golding hasn’t been that fantastic an actor to me in anything. He certainly doesn’t scream out “action hero” to me. He’s got the good looks that Bond needs and the ladies like him, also check, but can he pull off an action/thriller? If I’m Henry Golding’s agent, I’m getting Golding signed onto some kind of action/thriller ASAP. Like in the next year, so there can be a screen test.
Free Guy, played by Ryan Reynolds looks like it could have been a worthy vehicle for Golding to show off his action/thriller stuff.
I haven’t seen Crazy, Rich Asians yet, but know that isn’t an action flick. I’ve seen Golding most recently in The Gentlemen⭐️, and yes, while that’s closer to James Bond, it’s not an action flick. Before that? Last Christmas⭐️⭐️⭐️½ , and that is about as close to Bond as Sleepless in Seattle.
We need to see Golding in a feature role as an action hero. Something like Diehard or maybe a superhero or antihero movie (those seem to be rolling out regularly).
No Time To Die is opening wide in theaters on April 10, 2020.
Who wears watches any more? James Bond, for one. And it’s not just any watch, James Bond’s Daniel Craig is wearing, he’s helping for the first time to also create that special watch:
Excitingly and in a first for the Bond franchise, Bond actor Daniel Craig worked personally with Omega for the past two years to help design the Seamaster. (He valued lightness and a vintage-inspired aesthetic, both of which are present in the new model.) Using inspiration from MOD-issued watches in Omega’s back catalog, the Omega team worked with Craig to perfect this aesthetic via the inclusion of “old radium”-style Super-LumiNova, present in the watch in blue-glowing indices and a green-glowing seconds hand.
The watch is gorgeous, but cell phones have become the current day watch. These Fitbit health watches which measure your heart rate and other technical goodness are also popular alternatives to the watch market. I used to wear a market for years and years when I was in my teens and until late 20s. After that? Only a few technology-related watches. Bought my wife a SPOT watch when they were the rage and she liked it.
As far as luxury goes, the Omega watch sure looks good. Too bad for that price it doesn’t have tires and can get me to and from the movie theater or I’d be all over it.
Why not a villainous Rami Malek watch?
Apparently people are interested in Daniel Craig enough to require a security team surrounding him for protection:
“It was hard to spot him at his own event. It’s the first time 007 needed his own security detail,” a spy quipped.
The first trailer for No Time To Die, Bond 25 dropped today, and it’s embedded below. I’ve been very eager to see what the movie looks like. We had some juicy info to chew on in the form of a teaser trailer released a couple days ago.
We talked a bit about Rami Malek starring as the first Bond eco-villain. The fact that he is joking being labeled Greenfinger might be a humorous barb, but I think the subject does lend itself to serious Bond treatment, as long as it’s not handled in too preachy and agenda-driven way (which more movies, unfortunately, are doing).
Here’s what little do we officially know about this film. We got this behind the scenes Jamaica featurette in June:
So, filming is at least partly in Jamaica, mon.
If you watched that and thought, nice, some behind the scenes filming. Looks like a lot of dancing and more Jamaica. Bond does have a history of going to scenic settings, so Jamaica is a good place for part of his adventure, but I want me some Rami Malek villain takes.
On Sunday a teaser for the upcoming trailer dropped:
Cool title intro! Not sure why they are putting the word “trailer” in that though, it’s literally just the title graphic sequence. Maybe. Without the new Bond theme song, it’s a bit lacking.
Enough suspense, let’s get to the trailer all Bond fans have been waiting for.
The first official trailer … here it is .. !!!!
Nice evil twitch expression from Rami Malek!
Cool Q-powered machine gunning car. Looks like a love interest for Bond will be a stake (perhaps a bit of a homage/style return to From Russia with Love). I didn’t catch much eco terror in the trailer, more of the usual Bond run and gun, car chases and the like, but with the added element of an African American partner who is also a 007. That is a curious element that I’d like to see how it plays out. Is she taking over the 007 or is the 007 more like one of many Bosleys as portrayed in Charlie’s Angels (2019)? (I did not care for the whole Bosley, Inc. thing).
While I like Daniel Craig as James Bond (he’s probably #2 for me behind Sean Connery), haven’t been a fan of Craig delivering the “Bond. James Bond.” iconic line here in the new trailer or in any of the Bond films he’s done. Just seems too dry and uninspired. He’s one of my least favorite delivering that classic Sean Connery line. My second favorite delivering the line was Roger Moore. Third favorite would be Pierce Brosnan. Lazenby and Dalton were in a mere combined 3 films of 25, so they are sort of afterthoughts using that line, but I did like how Lazenby said it in his one film
Good first trailer! I’m intrigued but don’t think the movie was spoiled. What do you think?
No Time To Die is slated for an April 8, 2020 release and will feature Daniel Craig for the last time as Bond. Who replaces him after that will likely not be announced until after the movie hits theaters. I’ve read all kinds of suggestions; some intriguing, some absurd. Please, not a woman playing James Bond. That would be like casting a man as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Not in favor of that either.
(Sidenote: gender swapping is something in general I’m not a big fan of, like swapping Bosley from Charlie’s Angles (2019) out with Elizabeth Banks. I think #metoo is great, but prefer to imagine my female heroes as females and males as males. Sorry, Pierce Brosnan, I disagree).