Warning: This post may contain spoilers for “Spectre.”
“Spectre” arrived on blu-ray this week, which to me always means it is time to start thinking about the next 007 adventure, the film currently known only as Bond 25. If you saw “Spectre,” then you know the last scene felt like the end of an era for the series, I speak of course of the Daniel Craig era.
It’s hard to believe that Craig has been playing Bond for basically a decade, starting with 2006’s “Casino Royale.” The man has definitely had a stellar run, but during the “Spectre” media rounds, it became clear that he’s a little burnt out at the moment. After a decade, he definitely deserves a break, and perhaps Bond 25 is the perfect opportunity for someone else to take over the role. Even though the actor is signed on to be in two more Bond films, rumors continue about whether or not he’ll return.
Well, if he does return I’ll be a happy boy. But if he doesn’t return, that’s okay too, because I loved the ending to “Spectre.” But regardless of who is playing James Bond in the next movie, here are five things I want to see in Bond 25:
5. Unleash the power of SPECTRE
“Spectre” was the origin story of the terrorist organization SPECTRE led by Blofeld, a figure that became the template of spy movie villains. Bond 25 has the opportunity to use this to its advantage.
First off, keep Blofeld locked up for now. Instead, have SPECTRE’s Number 2 take control of the group, perhaps Blofeld’s daughter? Have her design a revenge plot against MI6 that includes getting dear old dad out.
This would give the audience the opportunity to see the evil organization grow and understand what kind of damage it can really do to Bond.
4. A Chance to Explore New Locations
After 24 official Bond movies, they have taken audiences all over the globe. From the exotic places to the more desolate ones, the locations of 007 have caused the spy to rack up a ton of frequent flyer miles and some lovely lady friends.
But lately, Bond seems to enjoy staying in European and Asian countries, so seeing the awesome opening scene of “Spectre” set in Mexico City was a pleasant surprise.
Bond 25 needs to shake things up a bit and take us somewhere unexpected like New York City, New Zealand, South Africa, or Hawaii, to name a few possibilities.
3. Find Another Great Director
In my opinion, Sam Mendes will go down as one of the great Bond directors. But we all know he will not be back to helm Bond 25. So this is the perfect chance to bring in some new blood behind the camera.
If EON needs help getting a list started, here are a couple of suggestions for them: Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, George Miller, Damien Chazelle, and James Wan.
Or go out of the box, and find one of the great action directors from South Korea. Just stay away from the Lee Tamahori types.
2. When in Dobut, Return to the Books
Choosing a name for a Bond film is never easy these days, but it could be. How about picking a name from the many James Bond Novels out there?
The producers don’t have to limit themselves to the Ian Fleming novels, they can go for some other authors, like some of John Gardner’s books: Licence Renewed, For Special Services, Icebreaker, Nobody Lives for Ever.
There’s also some of the Raymond Benson era novels: DoubleShot, Never Dream of Dying, The Man with the Red Tattoo.
The point is, there several good book titles out there that would make solid names for movies. And just like in the old days, the producers can use the title, and change the plot if need be.
1. Don’t Take the Theme Song for Granted
Sam Smith famously said it only took him twenty minutes to write the theme song for “Spectre,” and it showed.
How about if next time, whoever is chosen to write and perform the song, actually puts some effort into it? I’m sure there are plenty out artists out there who would be more than willing to take a crack at the Bond 25 theme.
And in conclusion, I leave you with a rejected theme for 1995’s “GoldenEye” performed by 90’s icons, Ace of Base…