An Exercise In Saying Nothing: Bond 23 to be Shocking

My Bond wish would be to see Daniel Craig in a Live and Let Die remake that finally does some justice to the book. But in lieu of that, I like the direction they’re taking; for the first time since the Connery films, it feels like they’re trying to do something different with the franchise, even if the Marc Forster experience had mixed result. Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) is the next talented storyteller to take on the franchise, and chances are that it’s not going to be the same predictable and expected story that the series fell into for twenty-five years.

Unfortunately, Peter Morgan is not ready to give away his secrets yet, but MI6 quotes him as saying that “it’s a shocking story”. Casino Royale and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service are the only two shocking Bond movies, I feel, but it’s difficult to tell what he means by that. The stakes of the films aren’t very high because Bond is going to save the day, he’s going to live, and it’s unlikely that he’s going to endure a transformative experience that changes the entire franchise. Perhaps Morgan is trying to create a more authentic and endearing story along the lines of Casino Royale. Either way, Morgan did share his insights on the actual act of conveying information about the next film:

“Bond creates a hysteria around it, one that I haven’t previous known”, he said. “It’s a magnet for publicity – everyone wants to know what’s going on with the new Bond”.

With the film’s pre-production put on hold until February due to MGM’s financial difficulties, shooting will not begin until sometime next fall for a likely November 2011 release, so information about the story could be a long way off.