A 23rd James Bond film is on the way with Daniel Craig returning to the role for a third time. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will be penning the script as they did with Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) so viewers should expect this installment to be in a similar style.
They will, however, be collaborating this time with Frost/Nixon writer, Peter Morgan, and I hope he will add something to the mix because I was not overly impressed with Solace. I found the plot overly complicated and Bond was completely without of his usual quirky personality and witty quips. Granted, he was mourning the loss of his lover, Vesper Lynd, but it just felt all wrong. It almost seemed like they were trying too hard to make Bond an action hero instead of a MI6 agent. The reviews were mixed too with Rotten Tomatoes giving it just a 65% and Roger Ebert handing out just two stars.
I wonder if the fact that this movie will be the first to return as a full MGM release will make a difference. The first 20 Bond films were distributed by MGM but Royale and Solace were put out in conjunction with Sony. Whatever the case, I am optimistic that this third Bond film in the Craig era will recapture some of the former magic (not counting the ones starring Timothy Dalton – those were awful).
There is no word on the title or release date but I’m going to guess that it will come out sometime in late 2010 since the last two were about two years apart.
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