The James Bond film franchise has waxed an waned over its 50-plus year history. But even at its worst, it has always been very successful at the box-office and they’ll be making these films until the cows come home.
The Daniel Craig era marked a departure by rebooting the franchise with Casino Royale in 2006, and adding a rawness to it no other film in the series has done before. 2008’s Quantum of Solace is considered uneven and the camera/editing work is dreadful. Skyfall (2012) is one of the best Bond movies ever, and while Spectre was a bit of a disappointment, it was still very entertaining in its own right. And all four films are connected very well.
Even though we don’t know if the actor is coming back, frequent Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have officially been tapped to pen the next film, according to a tweet from The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye. They’ve actually worked on all of the Craig era films, along with the final two Pierce Brosnan films, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
Here’s the actual tweet:
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) March 9, 2017
I’m surprised that work would be starting on the next film without knowing whether Craig is returning to the role or not. My own personal preference would be to have the actor return for a final go, and give audiences something that the 007 franchise has ever done: Closure. Not that they would stop making Bond films, but the current era has been the tightest continuity, and feels ready to get an ending of sorts that would tie all the films together, as well as send Craig off. Remember, Casino Royale was essentially James Bond Begins, with his becoming 007 and his first major mission.
If Craig doesn’t return, then it leaves open what the future of the Bond franchise would look like. It would be possible that the franchise would continue along as if nothing has changed, but with a new face playing the part. That would be a return to how the franchise has operated for decades.
Another possibility is another Bond reboot. Considering the types of films that Marvel Studios have made popular, I could see a new, lighter approach to the series with a character who is a bit more Tony Stark and a little less Chris Nolan’s Bruce Wayne.