When Amazon acquired MGM, EON Productions, Barbara Brocolli and step-brother Michael G. Wilson released a statement to Variety.
“We are committed to continuing to make James Bond films for the worldwide theatrical audience”.EON productions/Variety
So, if EON maintain their historically-negotiated control over the franchise, including casting and distribution, it would seem that future Bond movies will still debut in cinemas.
Movies are rife with them today. Whether it’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the Monsterverse, the idea of having your stories connect in some way to make a grander storyline is all the rage. So much so that young viewers are likely to think it’s the only way to go.
EON wouldn’t want to use this model, but for fun, here’s my suggestion for Bond spin-offs, accompanying storylines or new takes that I would definitely watch.
1. YOUNG BOND.
Adapt Charlie Higson‘s hugely successful Bond books for the small screen. Appeal to the younger adventurers in the audience. Live action? Animation? Like Netflix’s “Carmen Sandiego“?
2. DOUBLE O.
A period thriller set in the sixties, following new agents on their first missions with more seasoned operatives. The adventures the other Double-O agents has when Bond was off elsewhere. Then season two would be in the eighties. Then season three… Today?
The adventures of the some time CIA agent who works with Bond. Make it an international tale. With LEITER training new agents. Or chasing corrupt agents.
Fans may remember that for a short time the producers toyed with the idea of having Halle Berry appear in a spin-off movie with her character from Die Another Day. Why not try it now? Halle Berry was excellent in John Wick Parabellum. Perhaps she is on the run. Perhaps pursued by LEITER in a series crossover?
Dammit, get Dave Bautista back and we can have Hinx/Jinx!
5. QUANTUM TO SKYFALL.
For me, the Bond we saw in Skyfall seemed a lot more seasoned than the rookie we saw develop in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. It felt like we had missed our a few adventures between films. So why not explore them now? A limited series with a new actor playing Daniel Craig’s Bond after Quantum, defeating new enemies and suspecting – alongside a returning Judi Dench (why not?) – that a new international enemy is growing.
And finally. Star Trek had success with PICARD, where Patrick Stewart returned as an older Jean-Luc, so why not do something similar with Bond:
6. JAMES BOND: NEVER MISS.
Pierce Brosnan returns as an older Bond in retirement who has to come back into the field because… Well you get my drift. And bring back David Arnold to compose the score.
This spin-off list is fanciful, but it’s part of the fun of being a fan.
This year, spies are back big time: The Courier, Jack Ryan, Spy City, Mission: Impossible, The Ipcress File and The Kings Man.
NO TIME TO DIE opens internationally this week.
‘Spy-Time’ in movies is clearly alive and well. So what’s next?
A version of this article was first published on Reel Anarchy.