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In Topic: MGM: 007 films to come out on a 3-4 year cycle

06 July 2017 - 05:12 PM

It seems reasonable to suppose that Arnold will be back, or at least that he's the most likely candidate, since the only reason he was absent from SF and SP was because Mendes wanted his own guy. 

In Topic: Bond Shared Universe theory.

28 June 2017 - 08:58 PM

Here's my proposal for the first year: 


"Give Us a Kiss", a CGI family comedy in which Max the Parrot and Doubletake Pigeon team up to defeat Blofeld's cat. 


"MI6 Origins", chronicling the founding of the secret service during World War II. Lots of desaturated hues and a CGI recreation of Bernard Lee. 


"Kid Brother Reloaded", the triumphant return of special agent Neil Connery, who must take down the evil Che Liffre with the power of hypnosis. Cameos by Izabella Scorupco and a very drunk Ralph Fiennes. 


"Muffy", a touching portrait of an aging Jack Wade and his struggle with dementia. 

In Topic: MGM: 007 films to come out on a 3-4 year cycle

24 June 2017 - 10:41 PM

Like most "universe" concepts, it's a terrible idea. 


The Bond universe is basically just the character of James Bond. None of the other characters can sustain a film, much less a series of films. What are they going to do, create a Q origin story? Standalone Moneypenny adventures? Not every fictional universe is a pantheon of distinctive, autonomous characters that can furnish an annual blockbuster. And that's fine. Everything doesn't have to be Marvel.  


And as Mummyboy just said, if the producers can barely summon the energy to make three films per decade, I don't see them branching out into a film-a-year Flemingverse. 

In Topic: The Ultimate James Bond Quote Conversation

15 June 2017 - 11:30 PM

"We use hormones to make them all male."

In Topic: Next Villain (If Waltz/Blofeld does not return)

10 June 2017 - 04:21 PM

Option one: They take no risks at all. The villain is a heavily accented jerk with connections to recent evil stuff we've all heard about. "He's Catalan, we think. Got his start selling bushmeat in Crimea. When the Russians marched in, he made a fortune." He's played by somebody with stubble who won a Cesar Award. 


Option two: They break with recent tradition and hire a British/Commonwealth/American actor. We haven't had an Anglophone villain in years, and we've never had a really nasty and formidable American villain. A mercenary, a renegade general, a boorish real estate tycoon, whatever. Call him Hildebrand and show him golfing in Florida and scheming with Russian sub-villains. He beats up women, wears a monogrammed windbreaker, and goes to dog fights. 


Option three: They get ambitious and hire some prominent Chinese or Bollywood actor to play the villain. Probably more of a pain than they're willing to suffer, but eventually Bond has to return to India, and when he does, it will be weird if the producers don't involve major Indian talent.


Option four: They create a proper female villain who gets to run the show and not share the stage with another baddie. She's played by a veteran actress, her scheme is ingenious and greedy rather than a hysterical revenge plot, and she never doubles as a love interest.  


Option five: Another damn super hacker. This time his scheme involves the dark web, "onion routers", the world's most sophisticated baccarat-playing computer, a driverless Aston Martin, and a fleet of drones reprogrammed to bomb major cities.