It’s been universally noted that Daniel Craig’s James Bond movies have been increasingly more Jason Bourne than James Bond, which makes this latest round of quotes from Craig a tad baffling, though perhaps not all that surprising. While doing the press rounds for his upcoming World War II movie “Defiance”, Craig was asked about the would-be trilogy that “Quantum of Solace” would seem to be the second part of, leading to a huge confrontation with this mysterious Quantum organization that has been pulling the strings of Bond’s bad guys since “Casino Royale”. According to Craig, not so much. Plus, he wants himself some Moneypenny, and now, dammit!
Collider has the interview of interest:
And according to Daniel Craig, that’s what they’re going to do. When asked if the next “Bond” would be part of a trilogy, he said, “No fucking way. I’m done with that story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half an hour of the next movie drinking a cocktail.”
While he was obviously kidding about lying on the beach for the first thirty minutes, I’m sure he meant every word about the next “Bond” movie starting fresh. In fact, he had a few ideas about what he wants to do and they sound really good. Here’s what he said:
“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. 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.”
I didn’t think “Quantum of Solace” was the best Bond movie ever made or any of that nonsense, but it was an entertaining action movie that, as I said in my review, was more Bourne than Bond. I’m not sure if Craig is just pulling the interviewer’s leg, but it sure sounds like he’s grown tired of all the doom and gloom of his version of Bond.
Still, I can’t see the producers going backwards to the “good old days” of “kill’em then quip’em” Bond movies, especially since this new Bond seems to have been embraced by moviegoers to the tune of bigger and better profits with each installment.
Below: “The name is Bourne, Jason — er, I mean, Bond. Yeah, that’s the ticket.”