Very interesting and insightful article on the Craig era in this month´s issue of CINEASTE.
They only offer a preview on their website - but the magazine is worth buying for this article alone.
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Posted 08 May 2016 - 11:32 AM
Posted 09 May 2016 - 04:33 AM
It probably is a combination of SPECTRE ending the way it does and Craig´s comments during that one interview (blown out of proportion), in addition to him signing on to that tv show... and, as I perceive it, a kind of oversaturation with Craig as Bond. People seem to want to move on. And since Craig has not stated anywhere that he wants to return (regardless what the next distributor thinks) it seems that it is time for a change.
Posted 09 May 2016 - 07:13 AM
Posted 09 May 2016 - 08:53 AM
Again, you´re pointing out what many are missing. The wished for YOLT-adaptation would be "been there, done that" for Craig. It only worked within the novels due to the many adventures that came before - just as Tracy being a second chance at love for Bond (or one could argue: his first, since the Vesper-love story in the novel is not that defined as in the movie version).
Maybe it all would have worked if Craig had done more than four films, and if these films had not already explored too much of what YOLT achieves.
While I love Craig as Bond and appreciate what he does in SPECTRE, I also have the feeling that he has done everything he could. So maybe what he said in that interview was an honest statement: another film only would be for the money.
Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:11 AM
The problem I think is that SPECTRE should have come right at the heels of QOS and concerned itself with Bond hunting down the people from the opera meeting, aided by Dench's successor. This could either lead to a direct confrontation with Spectre or just end in Bond and Dench-M foiling the scheme to take over the SIS and its counterparts; in any case it would tie Craig's first three films loosely without forcing too much retconning into the affair. After this SKYFALL would then open up the stage for further adventures with or without Craig, with or without Blofeld. This way I think it would all feel a bit smoother and Craig's last (if it is his last) would then have been a definite highlight.
Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:20 AM
Indeed, that would have been fantastic. For me, the Craig era´s biggest problem is the lack of at least one, better two films between QOS and SF.
But, hey, every Bond era has at least one big missed opportunity... So, tradition has won again.
Posted 09 May 2016 - 12:23 PM
Thanks for digging this up! The interesting thing here is that this already draws some kind of résumé under the Craig era. Seems like a number of people in the business consider Craig's time as 007 is already a wrap.
Posted 09 May 2016 - 01:44 PM
Posted 09 May 2016 - 02:36 PM
Unfortunately, I get the feeling that EON has grown content with releasing a Bond film every 3 or 4... or even more years now. They don´t need the money anymore, and they probably think: fewer Bond films will have audiences be more interested.
That last part might be true but it might also be a growing problem since Bond always has to be reestablished with the next generation instead of having younger ones just be drawn in by their parents or older siblings quite naturally.
But that´s the way it is now, I´m afraid.
On the other hand, I´m complaining on a message board... only seven months since the last Bond´s release...