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Gobi-1

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In Topic: What Will Be the Next Phase of Bond?

20 June 2017 - 06:51 AM

 

 

Also lets bring back the title of the next film at the end of the one you just watched. Marvel has their post credit scenes and I for one would wait till the end of Bond credits to find out the name of the film he will return in. It was a thrill to see the "James Bond will return in "For Your Eyes Only" tag up on the big screen from the recent Roger Moore double feature. Adding that to the new films would immediately build anticipation for the next. I would love to see that tradition return.

Agree with everything you said, but especially this!

This is quite a splendid idea that would generate some continuous buzz with only the barest minimum of effort. After all, they need a title anyway.

Downside is of course they would need again a rough idea of their direction.

 

Indeed. But hey it's Bond. They could call it "PhoneBook" or "Letter Head" and I would be excited.

 

Plus they wouldn't be jumping on a post credit bandwagon so much as returning to something they were doing long before any other film studio or film series. The end of a Bond movie was always a tease for the next.

 

James Bond Will Return in...insert name of movie, is far more exciting then simply stated "James Bond Will Return", because we never know how long the wait will be. At least with a title we have something to cling too.


In Topic: How to Kill a Franchise

19 June 2017 - 11:39 PM

I agree with a lot of points everyone has made and I think both "radio silence" and "feeding the beast" are both valid ways for promoting a franchise. I just think Bond needs to find a better balance between the two. Bond has such a massive legacy EON/MGM can put out tons of material about the previous Bond films, the actors, the filmmakers, etc., while dropping a few teases as to what's next. Bond has always been great at adapting to changing tastes with film audiences but I think they really need to up their game when it comes to social media and the modern fandom communities.

 

I have recently been to two comicbook/fan conventions here in Texas in the last few months, one in Dallas and one in Houston, and there is an amazing number of incredibly active fanbases for hundreds of films, books, comics, tv shows, and games. Plus all of them were well represented with multiple merchandising opportunities from the sellers on the con floor. I actively looked for James Bond swag, hoping to find a hat or t-shirt but the only 007 stuff I came across at these comic cons was one seller who had new unopened Bond trading cards in their dollar discount bin. I bought an entire stack and told the seller I appreciated them having some Bond related merchandise because I was disappointed how little I saw.

 

Who knows maybe it is a generation gap and if so EON needs to do a better job of closing that gap and remaining an active with their fan base. The passing of Roger Moore generated a lot of goodwill for the franchise. I'd like to see EON do more things like the double feature re-release or using the Bond franchise to help promote a worthy charity like UNICEF.  Moore events like that (not necessarily timed to honor the passing of a Bond star) will keep the franchise active and fresh in people's mind between films.


In Topic: What Will Be the Next Phase of Bond?

19 June 2017 - 11:09 PM

I think what they should do for the next Bond actor, after Craig, is a soft reboot and set up a writer's room/story group to help plot out some sort of road map as they move forward. As they develop their new (or old) approach to Bond, the best ideas can float to the top and help form the universe and films they're developing. This wasn't necessary back in the 60s and 70s because the universe was already set up in Fleming's novel. You could adapt them them one by one. With no books to adapt more ideas will have to be created from scratch.

 

I say a good approach would be to take the novels and mine them for unused material, add elements/tropes of the classic films, plus the stronger emphasis on characters from the Craig era, and hire filmmakers to work with the writers/story group to develop/prep the next film while the current one is in production. I also think they should reduce the budgets for the films. Instead of spending 250+ million for a film every three to four years why not spend 125 million for a film every other year? Reduced budgets would put more emphasis on story, character, and suspense. It would also reduce the dizzying globe trotting of recent films. I'd much rather see one or two countries shown off in great detail, allowing a sense of the country's  culture to permeate the film then the brief layovers we've been getting lately.

 

This model is very much based on how Marvel and Lucasfilm run their film slate and regardless of how you feel about those films they get them produced and released in a timely and consistent manner. I for one would love to see Bond return to a regular, consistent schedule, instead of the feasts and famines of the last twenty years.

 

Also lets bring back the title of the next film at the end of the one you just watched. Marvel has their post credit scenes and I for one would wait till the end of Bond credits to find out the name of the film he will return in. It was a thrill to see the "James Bond will return in "For Your Eyes Only" tag up on the big screen from the recent Roger Moore double feature. Adding that to the new films would immediately build anticipation for the next. I would love to see that tradition return.


In Topic: Minor snippet of news

03 June 2017 - 07:30 AM

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In Topic: May 31st Roger Moore Cinema Tribute Day

02 June 2017 - 07:58 AM

Somewhere between 35 and 40. I did a head count just before the start but a few people came in late.