Few movie franchises receive as much wild speculation as the James Bond series of films. Although it’s just over a year since Spectre hit our screens, the internet has already been slowly filling up with chatter about what form the 25th Bond movie will take.
Ever since Daniel Craig picked up Bond’s tuxedo for his celebrated outing in Casino Royale, the British actor has regularly received commendations as being one of the best Bonds. But ever since Craig announced that he would rather slash his wrists than play Bond again, there’s been a great deal of debate about who would fill his shoes.
Already the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Aidan Turner have been suggested as being the next 007. But with rumours of a $150 million pay deal for Craig to return to the franchise, it’s hoped that he may reconsider and join the next Bond movie.
And it looks like this could increasingly be an option as Craig was recently quoted as saying that playing James Bond was the best job in the world. And he’s still relatively young compared to previous Bonds and so he may be ready for one more outing.
This is especially so as 2012’s Skyfall was one of the best Bond movies for years. And although Spectre might not have performed so well at the box office, its topical themes of surveillance and cyber-security showed how the Bond franchise still manages to tap into the cultural zeitgeist.
And much as 2006’s Casino Royale weirdly preempted the renaissance of classic table games at online sites like Betway, there’s a great deal of speculation about what topics the next Bond movie will feature.
One thing’s for certain, and that’s that legendary director Sam Mendes won’t be returning to the director’s chair. And so there’s speculation about who could be the next to direct Bond with even the likes of Quentin Tarantino getting a mention.
Although there are those who suggest that Bond should go back to the Cold War era, the current global political turmoil must present a fascinating option for the scriptwriters to introduce Bond into the modern age.
Certainly the recent Bond movies have shown that the British spy is perfectly suited to the dominant digital culture. And although the casino games may have become more sophisticated, they are no match for the incredible adventures of 007!