If it's crap ... We'll tell you
'Skyfall' was a landmark entry in the James Bond franchise for a number of reasons. First, it was released in 2013, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the series. 'Skyfall' also had the distinction of being the highest-grossing Bond film of all time; raking in an astonishing $1.1 billion. Expectations were running understandably high for the next entry, which would again star Daniel Craig. We were recently hit with the bad news however that director Sam Mendes would not be returning to helm the next film. Today's news is not much more optimistic. At a conference with investors, MGM CEO Gary Barber gave us this status report on Bond 24...
"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon. We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released."
Three years?! Really?! Now granted, I am always a proponent of quality and care over expedited production schedules. So yes, I would much prefer they took their time and properly developed the script, but this news is frustrating considering how often our patience has been tested during the Craig era. We waited four years between the end of Pierce Brosnan's reign and the introduction of the new Craig Bond, and then we waited five years between 'Quantum of Solace' and 'Skyfall,' which was only a year less from the longest drought in franchise history (which occurred between 1989 and 1995). Now it'll be another three years until we get Bond 24? It sort of makes me pine for the early days of the series, in which the first four films were made in successive years between 1962 and 1965; even changing directors mid-stream and then changing back. Are they just trying to get clear of 2015, and the mammoth number of giant blockbusters set to be released that year? Whatever the reason, I am at least excited to see who they're about to announce as the new director.
What do you guys think? Are you disappointed we'll have to wait three years for a new Bond film? Do you think there may be any other factors influencing this delay beyond ensuring a sound script?