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…