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As it was decided early on that Bond wouldn't do real politics.
Going flat out against Poetin's regime seems like a bad idea, not just from a political point of view, but also because I can't see how that could result in an enjoyable Bond script.
Bond isn't working for the City of London, he is working for Her Majesty's Government.
remember solar power being the big bad villain in man with the golden gun?
or supporting the muhjadeen in the living daylights (which was awesome, but dated)?
In an ideal world Bond would be going up against the Russkies onscreen, but that's not going to happen, because the Bond movies do good business in Russia. The only country Bond has recently offended is North Korea, and that only happened because NK isn't a potential film market. Perhaps Bond could after a cabal of rogue Russians who have reformed SMERSH...
I would like some kind of alliance between a mad American oligarch and and an even more insane Russian traitor like in TLD, but reversing the parts: now the Yank is the puppet in a powerful position while the Russian lurks in the shadows!
However, as some serious users - I'm never serious, mind you -say, Bond is huge in Russia, since... 1974, when TMWTGG was screened in the Kremlin and they even had a good laugh with it? ["It seems we didn't train that Scaramanga properly" XD]. And Russia, being a dictocracy, could boycott the project with disastrous results for EON. :(
BTW, anyone of you know who represented EON on that 1974-75 private screening in the Kremlin?
I guess I was wrong, then. :\"> Thanks for the clarification.
The Russians are not the main problem anymore.
OK, let's get serious.
I think most of us are joking, too. The idea of bringing back that Reagan-era cinematic bravado is preposterous as it can be, but we can have fun remembering those bigoted but fun movies. I think this is what we want to convey. At least in my case. The consecuences of doing this kind of movie would be disastrous: I think EON would lose all the Russian audience and a good chunk of the American.
That said, on the news, it's hard to tell what's serious and what's a joke. At least in my country. It's the world Eliott Carver would dream of.
Agreed 100 %
More independent than a news agency directly controlled by a dictatorial state that is just as rapacious as a transnational corporation, which is what the news agencies in Russia and China are.
As for the element of escapism, what's not escapist about a British agent almost single-handedly defeating a Russian murder squad? EON will not risk Russian box office by making the Russkies badguys, but if I was a continuation novelist I'd say this was a great time to revive SMERSH.