How to keep a long running series alive and kicking?
Bond has been through various phases over the years, usually dictated by who was playing the lead role at the time, or the prevalent societal pressures of the era. The Cold War has been and gone, the comedy of Moore's era is gone, Craig did the full reboot that was started by Dalton. So what next?
When Craig retires from the role, how will Mike and Barb keep the machine moving? There's a lot of competition out there with the likes of Mission Impossible and Bourne, so do they keep going in the same vein? Bigger and better stunts and more indepth character exploration?
Or do they flip it around a bit and make it lighter, more of a Moore-type era?
The War on Terror hasn't been properly looked at yet in the Bond series, yet it makes a natural background for an action-based spy series. Maybe Bond will be reborn with more of a militaristic flavour, maybe hunting terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Africa, the Middle East, Asia-all good hunting grounds for counter-terrorist agents.
My bet is on this more so than the comedy or going even darker. I'd like to see maybe a younger Bond, a 30 year old not long out of the forces, But that's been done with Craig in Casino Royale, so maybe they will need a buffer between the two eras, as Brosnan was between Dalton and Craig.
What d'you think?