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Extortion is my Business: Trying to Predict Bond 24

November 7th, 2012 by Dave Bowling Comments

So, having been to see Skyfall I have to say I was a little disappointed.

It wasn’t that I didn’t like the film. I loved it, especially the (SPOILERS) reappearance of the DB5 and its inbuilt machine guns. It’s just that, having got my girlfriend to watch the first two Daniel Craig films that weekend (I’m still appalled she hadn’t seen them before now) I wish there’d been some sort of follow-up to the events of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Especially the government-toppling terrorist-for-hire organization Quantum.

So this got me thinking about the direction Bond 24 might take. Sony now has a large stake in MGM in general and the Bond films in particular. The Japanese giant also tried to produce their own remake of Thunderball in the late 90s (Warhead 2000 A.D, anyone?) and had co-operated with the late Kevin McClory, the producer who had sued Eon for the rights to SPECTRE in the 1970s. Could a deal for the rights to use the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld be struck with McClory’s estate?

Because let’s face it, even with the return of Q-Branch and Moneypenny there’s been something lacking slightly from the Bond films. And in all honesty, an international terror group headed by a man willing to start World War 3 in return for nothing more than monetary gain would fill the gap nicely. Maybe not the diamond-powered space laser satellite or hollowed-out volcano rocket base but there’s definitely room for fairly outlandish blackmail and extortion plots out there. Anybody for a Quantum scheme involving trying to control the world’s supply of cheese?


I’ll get me coat…

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...