Yes I KNOW I’m supposed to be writing poetry, and as it happens I have been, quite well all told. However, this happened Tuesday night and ever since my brain’s been looking for a release, because I think the game might be up.
You see, if you gave me a straight choice between what I feel Bond 25 will be like without Boyle’s attempts to modernise and The Spy Who Dumped Me (which even borrows from the Casino Royale titles in it’s initial trailer) yes, I’ll take the ladies who are killing it, plus Gillian Anderson as what Jane Bond would look like when promoted to M status. Honestly, unless you reinvent the franchise Eon, I am really done, and the last best hope for that just left the table citing that most dangerous of generic excuses, ‘creative differences.’ I might forgive the company for being protective of their brand, were it not for the ‘official’ statement on their website:
SERIOUSLY, THAT’S IT?
You’re a massive multimillion dollar production company, this is the age of digital communication and THAT IS THE BEST YOU CAN DO? Boyle walks away, and you won’t even discuss the reasons? Why even bother with the post, honestly, this is just making you look… well, intractable. Old fashioned. INCAPABLE OF CHANGE. Maybe I should be impressed that some people clearly don’t feel the need to even grace us with explanations via digital media because they are above such actions but honestly, nope. This is not good enough, and I think you probably know this.
What happens next, of course, is now anybody’s guess, but I’ll be amazed if they start filming when they said they would. Daniel Craig’s due to become a dad in several months regardless, and there’s a part of me that can see his missus pushing quite hard for time with their new son/daughter over reinforcing some pretty brutally outdated gender stereotypes. So, do I pop down the Bookies and stick fifty knicker on him giving up the job and Idris Elba getting shoed in? I doubt we’re even close to that level of change… but there’s a better than average chance Craig made his last Bond movie with Spectre.
As they say, watch this space.