The name is Bond, James Bond.
If you’ve recently seen Quantum of Solace you’ll be aware that the infamous line above was not spoken by Daniel Craig in the film. In fact a lot of key elements that have made the James Bond films iconic over the years were missing from the new entry in the series (the same was also true of Casino Royale).
Many believe that Solace is the middle part of a “Bond Trilogy” and that the next film will complete the story arc. Not true, says Daniel Craig – and if he gets his way James Bond will be doing more “Bondish” things in the next installment of the uber-successful franchise.
When asked if Solace was the middle part of a trilogy Craig replied:
“No f***ing way. I’m done with that story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half an hour of the next movie drinking a cocktail.”
While I believe that these comments are made with more than a hint of sarcasm – they do seem to imply that the “picked up right where the last one left off” nature of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace will not be occurring again.
Discussing the return of Q and Moneypenny Craig had his to say:
“We’ve finished this story as far as I’m concerned. We’ve got a great set of bad guys. There is an organization that we can use whenever we want to. The relationship between Bond and M is secure and Felix is secure. Let’s try and find where Moneypenny came from and where Q comes from. Let’s do all that and have some fun with it.”
I have to say that I agree with this. As much as I enjoyed Quantum of Solace (and I know a lot of you folks didn’t), I did feel that Q, Moneypenny and even the James Bond theme are needed to remind us that we are indeed watching a James Bond movie. Characters like Q and Moneypenny along with a certain amount of gadgetry are what distinguish Bond from other action heroes – they are nothing to be ashamed of.
When asked when we should expect Bond 23 Craig replied:
“We don’t know when we’re going to do the next Bond. Nobody’s thinking about it at the moment. We’re giving it a rest for the moment. If I can squeeze something in next year I will…but I haven’t figured out what that’ll be yet. But nothing in the cold.”
If Bond 23 follows tradition we should see one in the next 2-3 years depending on how much time Craig wants away from the role. It’ll be the new year before there’s even a pen put to paper, but don’t be too surprised if Paul Haggis has some input again. and considering that Solace has so far grossed $500 million worldwide you can be sure that James Bond will definitely return.