Be you British or American (or anything else for that matter), odds are good that you’re a fan of Bond. James Bond’s global appeal as an international man of mystery spans decades of film history. Recent news out of Bond producer MGM, though, will definitely put a cramp in the spy’s style.
It seems that MGM is in the midst of a huge money crunch. Many of their major projects have either been postponed or cancelled, including unnamed Bond film #23. The movie was set to be directed by Sam Mendes and again starring Daniel Craig, but now it looks like both need to look for a new job.
Is the Bond franchise dead? Not a chance! Mark Adams of Screen International said, “This doesn’t mean the end of the Bond films. The question is how long it will take to make another one.” The British spy is in some ways bigger than the movies themselves and MGM will doubtlessly either restart production at some point or, more likely, sell the franchise to one of its competitors. Spyglass Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are both considered contenders for the purchase.
What can we do in the meantime? I suggest holding a Bond-style wake with vodka martinis, tuxedos, and a marathon of Dr. No all the way through to Quantum of Solace. Just remember to bring your laser watches, exploding toothpaste, and your Aston Martin!