James Bond producers interested in ‘pushing 007 boundaries’ after ‘risky’ Daniel Craig era
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When Daniel Craig was cast as James Bond in 2005, the 007 franchise took some big risks. Gone were the gadgets and MI6 sidekicks as Ian Fleming’s spy was taken right back to his origins in Casino Royale. Over 15 years have passed since those cries first asked how a blonde actor could be Bond and yet after four films, with a fifth on the way, the incumbent 007 has really taken a hold of the character and made him his own.
Nevertheless, as Craig’s 007 gets ready to hand in his Licence to Kill after next year’s No Time To Die, all eyes are on who could replace him.
But more importantly just how will EON Productions reboot their almost 60-year-old spanning stalwart of a film franchise?
It can’t just be a hard and gritty Jason Bourne-style reboot for the post-9/11 era again.
Well Bond expert and author Mark Edlitz, who has interviewed many of the key Bond franchise players over the years, reckons that Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of the 007 franchise further after the risks they took with Craig’s era paid off.
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Promoting his new book The Lost Adventures of James Bond, Edlitz spoke of the Bond movie writing process.
He told Express.co.uk: “Three-time Bond screenwriter Bruce Feirstein told me that Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson know where the dead ends are in the scripting stage.
“While Richard Maibaum, who wrote 13 Bond scripts, talked about the collaborative nature of writing a 007 film.
“The screenwriter said that he would sit in a room with producers Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, as well as the director, production designer and editor and everyone would pitch ideas.”
Edlitz continued: “Everyone I’ve spoken with said that the producers are collaborative and are welcoming of new ideas.
“However, they’ve been down this road so many times and they have a responsibility to protect the long-term interests of the franchise.”
Of course, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge famously left Bond 25 over “creative differences”, although the author is in the dark on what went on behind-the-scenes with that particular lost Bond adventure.
Nevertheless, he added: “But the Daniel Craig Bond films took risks that to some would seem unfathomable years before.”
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Edlitz said of where the 007 franchise could go next: “I think EON is clearly interested in experimenting and pushing the boundaries in what is expected in a Bond film.”
Interestingly, Broccoli teased just last month that Bond 26 will be a “reimagining”.
Speaking with Total Film, the 60-year-old said: “It will have to be reimagined, in the way each actor has reimagined the role.
“That’s what is so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves. Eventually, when we have to think about it, we’ll find the right person.”
The Lost Adventures of James Bond focuses on Timothy Dalton’s unmade and third and fourth adventures.
While the book also looks at the James Bond Jr cartoon and other unmade or forgotten 007 projects.
This includes Sean Connery two lost 007 performances for a birthday message and From Russia With Love video game.
The Lost Adventures of James Bond by Mark Edlitz is out now.
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