There’s been much stuff in the news lately as to whether Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 has come to an end or not, though I seem to remember reading a short while ago that he was contracted to do one more. Mark Strong, in an interview with Shortlist, said about Craig and Bond:
“Do you know what, I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great. But I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen, but that would have always been great.”
Anyway, the follow-up to Spectre is now in development. Associate producer Michael G. Wilson said to FilmWeb:
“We’ve just begun to doodle with ideas for the next movie. Each script process begins when we ask ourselves the question: ‘What is the world afraid of now?’. In the case of Spectre the theme was global monitoring and utilisation of information. So now we are trying to find out what will be relevant in the coming years?”
“We always want to do something new with the Bond character and see him in situations we have not seen him in the past. We must give the audience something new every time… often it helps to go back to Ian Fleming’s novels for inspiration, whether you’re talking about grades or mood.”
Spectre, which I preferred slightly to Skyfall, was very much a throwback to the Bonds of old and saw Craig lighten up somewhat. It’ll be interesting to see if they carry on down this route or go back to the feel of Craig’s first two Bond movies. I guess it’ll partly depend on who is playing Bond. Sam Mendes is probably returning as director though.