Daniel Craig to become longest-serving James Bond?New deal seems to suggest so!
Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:38 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:10 AM
Daniel Craig will play James Bond in at least five films in the EON Productions series, MI6 can confirm. He has already completed shooting on his third outing, "Skyfall", which will open nationwide in the UK on October 26th. His remaining contracted fourth and fifth films will be the 24th and 25th movies in the official series respectively.
Sony Pictures, who through a new co-financing deal with MGM, are also set to continue their relationship that started with "Casino Royal" to Bond 24. Studio executives have been alluding to a return to the two-year cycle to produce the 007 adventures, which would peg Bond 24 as a late 2014 release.
This schedule may be too aggressive for the artistic process at EON Productions, who have savoured the longer than usual break between films to craft the script for "Skyfall" and have other non-007 related projects in the works, too. Craig himself is keen to have a breather before kicking off another Bond outing, telling press recently that he is not taking any other film work on until after all the "Skyfall" promotional work is over in the New Year. Behind the scenes, EON recently started inking screenwriting contracts for Craig's next two Bond movies. Producer Michael G. Wilson also said publically he hopes Craig will go on to be the longest serving actor in the role.
A total of five outings would make him the third longest serving James Bond actor in terms of films produced, but Craig has already clocked up six years in the role over three movies, longer than the time it took Sean Connery to make five. Although Craig's contract has two more films yet to run, Bond actors have been released early from their commitments. Both Connery and Timothy Dalton left the role a film early for completely different reasons.
Certainly brilliant news that we can get a solid run of films with Craig and evolve with his development of Bond - but need some official confirmation first me thinks.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:46 AM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:06 AM
But what I understand is that to work as Bond, you need to ground yourself and grow with your audience and I think Sean Connery did it for the 1960s and Roger Moore certainly did it for 15 years in which Bond fans grew and aged with Moore himself and felt comfortable, safe and secure knowing what Bond they were going to get.
Lazenby didn't have a hope, Dalton was robbed of his chance and Brosnan was getting there but was let down by the weak production towards the end so if Craig can get 5, heck even maybe 6 under his belt, I will be so glad an actor has been able to grow into the character and given fans a solid run of films with evident passion and love for the series itself, so I will welcome this to no end rather than every film we debate about "Who's the next James Bond?". I don't want that debate/worry - I want to be secure in the knowledge that we have our current 007 for years to come and so just enjoy the ride for as long as possible!
It's nice to know this is a role to treasure and keep as long as you can, and Craig is doing this - so he's our perfect man for 007.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:27 AM
I guess it was EON´s decision to really re-boot instead of giving MGM what they wanted back then: more, more, more of the same. Otherwise Brosnan would have gotten a fifth film, I´m sure. But EON saw the signs of the times - and that Bond-extravaganzas did not fit in with the post 9/11 world. They had to reconsider and become leaner, meaner, and yes, younger.
Would another Brosnan-Bond have worked? Maybe, maybe not. To wait that out and do CR with a new actor then probably would have been a much bigger risk than starting anew with Craig directly after DAD.
Anyway - two more Craig-Bonds after SKYFALL with him approaching 50 years of age sound perfect. After another Bond anniversary (No. 25) it will be time for another shakeup.
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:36 PM
I'm refraining putting this on the main page until we get some kind of official confirmation. There's nothing at all new here that I can see, and it just stems from something released a few months ago.
Good call. It´s probably just as accurate as the story about Wilson alluding to a possible Craig departure after SKYFALL...
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:38 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:10 PM
I was born in 1985..........when I was old enough to see Bond at the cinema, it was Pierce Brosnan I followed from 1997........
....rather than every film we debate about "Who's the next James Bond?". I don't want that debate/worry - I want to be secure in the knowledge that we have our current 007 for years to come .
As you go through life, you'll see that no one gets any kind of guarantee that their favorite character\franchise will always be just the way they want it (or anything else for that matter). I've been a full-on nerd since first sitting in the theater in 1973. There have been all manner of ups & downs with the franchise. It would have been great if all the films and actors were fantastic, but they weren't. Not even close.
We had years where we weren't even sure the franchise had a future. We would have killed for wondering if there were five more films or three more films. I hope Skyfall is great. I hope the franchise settles in for a while, but I’ve long since learned to take it as it comes. I watch the ones I like; I ignore the ones I don’t.
That’s why I get a kick out of people being seriously upset with the age of the new Q – or even more laughable – the style of clothes he’s wearing in the trailer. Are you ****ing kidding me? Q’s clothes? Try waiting patiently for years for a new 007 film and when the theater lights finally go down you get – Madonna – a person who changes ethnicity – John Cleese as comedy relief - and an invisible car.
You quickly learn to appreciate the good and not sweat the future.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:48 PM
Don't get me wrong we need big ones like CR every now and then but not every film. I like the television example someone had made, look at how much filming goes on in a season now and days. I think they should try and do one every 2 years for 3 films in a row and then maybe take a break for a film or 2 before getting back on track.
Because we waited 4 years for CR and then another 4 years for Craig's 3rd film, I think we should get back to films coming out every 2 years.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:57 PM
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Indeed. Assuming they're cracking on for a 2014/2015 release, plus sticking to the writing format of the past three movies, I'd expect that Messrs Purvis and Wade will already be throwing down a few ideas on paper and the producers will be on the hunt for a third writer to assist them on the project.
I don't mind Bond movies released every two years. It would be nice to get back to the norm. Saying that though, I'd only be confident if EON was working right now on Bond 24. I'd expect the first draft of the script to be completed by the end of the year, with redrafts going on all the way through next year, ready to start filming November 2013.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:33 AM
I'd love them to be every 2 years!
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:38 PM
I'm going to state for the record here and now that Daniel Craig somehow being too old to be Bond past 50 years of age is false. Maybe for the other actors who have played Bond in the past, but not this time around. I think they'll play this character arc (and I don't mean story arc) for the next three films, and the closest thing we'll get to a reboot after that is someone like Christopher Nolan stepping up for his turn to bat and taking the films in a new direction, but there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Criag will have to be forced from the role rather than be replaced and that won't happen. Craig's Bond is unique because his character has a trajectory for once, and Bond somehow going into retirement after 50 even though he's still going to be in better shape than other men half his age just won't fly. In the real world, sure. But this isn't the real world, this is 007.
Cake, I agree. Its not like Craig is going to just sit around and get fat eating donuts. This is a man that takes care of himself, takes pride in looking like the part. And I think he is most defintely humbled by being 007 and doesn't take it for granted. He has an outstanding relationship with Barbara and Michael and when all parties mutually agree that its time for a new direction(actor), then it will happen. But, I don't see that happening for quite a while.