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And looks amazing,
EoN, fix the scripts and get a daring director.
Dan will do the rest
Part of me wants to see Craig return, as I'd hate for Spectre to be his swansong, as I quite honestly find it to be the worst film of the lot, but they've really painted themselves into a corner with the desire for continuity and how the last film ended, and it'll be hard to get out from under that in the next film unless EON really steps up its game in the writing department. The other part of me would like to just see them forget about the last film, cast a new guy, and move forward with a clean slate
The main fallacy here (aside from everything to do w/ the Brexit) is the idea that the fan community is actually ABLE to vote Craig out of the role. He'll stop when he wants to stop (or when Eon decides it's time for a change) and from the way the last film was scripted and plays to my eyes, Craig may just be ready to say "Enough. I've got enough $$$$$$ in the bank, I don't NEED to go back to the demands of that particular role."
If all you wanted to do was open a new avenue for fans to debate/discuss their opinions on the topic of whether or not they WANT Craig to return for another, fine, carry on. But if you really think we can VOTE the actor out of his role like a politician you can turn out of office...sorry, but I urge you to think again.
Oh, and @Murdock -- great poster! I really DO want to see Eon use the "Property of a Lady" title one of these days, and your tag line is great, but I'd suggest a full quote ("I Never Left") rather than the more indirect "He Never..."
If that's the case i do want him to continue, he has been a great Bond and with Spectre for me he proved he can lifhten up and give us the more traditional Bond portrayal.
Performance wise he could easily do a Bond flick bu the numbers in the old classic way. Like the Brosnan films which was classic Bond brought to modern day.
Skyfall and Spectre are not formulatic Bond they have some stuff from the films before the reboot but its still not the full formula yet.
Actually i have an idea to get rid off Madeline without questions and thats going back to the other timeline with the old mi6 crew( Judi Dench, Colin Salomon, kitchen and John Clesse) just keep Craig and give him a standalone film.
I like the new Mi6 crew but we can't have a standalone mission with Craig in this new timeline. So barbara would tell the new cast that they will be out for a short time and re introducing them little by little so people will see the reboot just as a 4 films prequel to the series.
I understand we have no power, I'm just broaching this subject from a fan's perspective, and to hear from others, do we really need a new actor? I'm of the mind that DC has complete and utter command of the role (we need material now to challenge him, and us as an audience, something to "wow" the actor and the viewers).
I do think Craig could do it, i just think the best way to bring those missions back without another reboot is bringing back the old Mi6 crew with just a new MoneyPenny to give us the feeling were back to the other timeline and the 4 movies we had with Craig was a prequel to the franchise but we are going back to normal.
Bringing back all the Mi6 actors who were with Pierce Brosnan so people will understand Madeline just didn't exist.
They can Bring back this timeline with or without Daniel Craig.
keeping it relivent to a contemporary audience.
Craig has been great, but his era is inextricably & inexorably tied together, and I'm done with it. Time to move on imho.
If Eon took the basic vibe of SPECTRE and used the 'tone' for future Bond films,
If Eon found some handsome charming actor to replace Craig...
then yes, we would like a new James Bond. For Bond to endure (box office stats put to one side) is to embrace some change. A new actor is the best way to shake up things. SPECTRE is a great springboard for the next era of Bond but it needs a new actor.
Sadly that is clearly not the situation. I agree we do not really need a new Bond, and Craig is good for at least two more. He looked great in SP (IMO).
However, if 007 is indeed to be recast, so be it.
Following the success of Casino Royale a path should have been mapped out for Craig to take advantage of his outstanding portrayal of 007. It seems that one franchise has direction, the other has wandered trying to find it's way.
I agree @talos7. I think after the messy and very dated crap that was MI2, JJ Abrams came on board that franchise with a very clear direction to ground Ethan Hunt (insofar as that character can be grounded), and developed this new vision with each subsequent sequel. They know what their strengths are (although I'm partial to JJ's directorial effort in MI3 as being the best of the bunch).
DC is so talented as an actor and as a physical actor, they really had something great in him (which I think is still there). As others have said, Babs and Co need to go back and get a great story that will challenge DC's talents. They need to bring back the edge, because his physical work is so exhilarating, and they need to bring back some genuine human emotion/element (i.e. seeing Vesper in the shower in a state of shock, not Blofeld as being his surrogate brother). Know your strengths and use efforts to nurture that in the story telling department.
One of my disappointments in SP (coming from a guy that still finds it highly watchable), was that I did think they were going to give us an OHMSS type film; something with more emotion (a la CR); I thought we were going to get a unique, adult Bond film. And when they teased the OHMSS theme in the trailer, I was over the moon.
Instead we got what we got. It looked good. I enjoyed DC's performance (AGAIN), the individual scenes were wonderful, but, as a whole, the film is an empty shell.
EoN should know their strengths (DC as Bond (like TC as Hunt), the seeds of Fleming's stories, and build a mature film, with great set pieces (considering Craig's great physical work (also akin to, but not to the degree of, TC)). Know your strengths and build from there, like JJ and TC did with MI3 through to MI5