Considering this isn't really Bond 25 news, it doesn't have much place being discussed in that thread. Plus I'm legitimately excited for this film and would like to have a discussion about it. So here goes.......
Blake Lively, Reed Morano Team On Female-Driven Espionage Thriller From James Bond Producers https://www.deadline.com/2017/07/blake-lively-reed-morano-team-espionage-thriller-feature-movie-1202127618/
Clearly EON have spent the last few years attempting to assert themselves away from Bond. This always felt like something Barbara Broccoli (with her considerable influence in the industry) was wasting her talents not doing. It was also nice to see her working away from the genre of Bond and moving into other areas. But what is most surprising here is the clear suggestion that this series has the potential to become a franchise within the espionage genre.
Are we finally getting a Jane Bond? It would apparently seem so…..at least in a superficial sense.
Two things immediately come to mind hearing this news.
1.) If this is “Jane Bond” then Blake Lively is shockingly disappointing casting. She’s just a B-movie star and clearly the fourth name on the list before EON settled on her. I feel with Blake’s involvement, this will last for one film before dying out. If they wanted this thing to have legs they needed someone with more talent. However, she is damn beautiful. But that can only get you so far.
2.) The choice of director. Firstly, they have picked a woman. Reed Morano is representative of Broccoli’s attempt to get more women into film. EON have mounted 4 other films over the last 4 years aside from Bond pictures and 3 have been directed by women. Clearly Broccoli is making a concerted effort to be more inclusive. Which is a bloody good thing, and about damn time.
But what is more interesting is Morano’s talent as a director and cinematographer. I follow her Instagram and it’s clear to me that the woman is damn talented. Check it out for yourself:
Plus she is having a bit of a moment currently with The Handmaiden’s Tale proving to be a bit of a cultural phenomenon.
When we talk of getting rid of the old crusty nostalgic feel of the Bond films, and moving towards something which is more daring and edgy: We’re talking about someone like Reed Morano.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this film proves her audition for the Bond gig. Also, I think she’s a beautiful woman, why can’t she play the lead as well?