Daniel Craig confirms speculation that he wants
Bond 23 to have a fresh start, free from the story
arc of "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace"...
A Fresh Start For Bond 23
7th December 2008
Daniel Craig has
confirmed that the 23rd James Bond film will likely revert to
the usual 007 formula of standalone
adventures. As "Quantum of
Solace" director Marc
the original ending to the film on the cutting room floor (visit
the movie coverage section for full details), the door has
been left open for a fresh start on Bond 23 without any hang-over
Above: Daniel Craig at the Tokyo
press conference for "Quantum of Solace" on 25th November 2008.
In an interview with Collider.com,
Craig was first asked about the idea of stretching the
story in to a third film.
“No fucking way. I’m
done with that story," he said. "I want to lie on a beach
for the first half an hour
of the next movie drinking a cocktail."
While obviously joking about how the first
half hour of Bond 23 would play out, Craig did voice some
how the next adventure should be treated, and the possible
inclusion of franchise regulars Q and Moneypenny -
missing in action since he took over the tuxedo from Pierce
"We’ve finished this story as far as I’m
concerned. We’ve got a great set of bad guys. There
is an organization that we can use whenever we want to
[Quantum]. The relationship between Bond and M is secure
and Felix is secure. Let’s try and find where Moneypenny
came from and where Q comes from. Let’s do all that
and have some fun with it."
No release date has been announced for Bond 23, with fans
and experts unsure whether it will be 2010 or 2011.
When quizzed about the schedule, Craig said:"We
don’t know when we’re going to do the next Bond.
Nobody’s thinking about it at the moment. We’re giving
it a rest for the moment. If I can squeeze something in next
year I will…but I haven’t figured out what that’ll
be yet. But nothing in the cold."
Producer Michael G. Wilson Wilson confirmed
a few weeks ago that pre-production was due to start shortly. "Last
time when we were in post production on Casino
already working on Quantum Of Solace", Wilson said. "This
time we haven’t
even started but in January we are going to get some writers
together and start kicking some ideas around." Starting
the screenplay in January could mean that Bond 23 hits the
traditional November slot in 2010. The wrinkle to the usual two-year
timeline could be the hand-over from Sony back to MGM, pushing
release to 2011.
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