1. A Fresh Start For 'Bond 23', Says Daniel Craig

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-12-07
    Daniel Craig is James Bond 007

    Daniel Craig is James Bond

    As mentioned several times in the past when Bond 23 discussions came up, Daniel Craig is keen on reintroducing Miss Moneypenny and Q back into the franchise after being absent from both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

    At a press event earlier today for Craig’s upcoming Defiance, Collider got a chance to quiz the James Bond star even further about what fans can expect from the 23rd entry in the 007 series.

    When asked whether or not Bond 23 would latch onto the story presented in Royale and Quantum to form a trilogy of sorts, Craig said: ‘No f–king 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.’

    Director Marc Forster

    Director Marc Forster

    As many readers are well aware, Quantum director Marc Forster had filmed a one-minute scene that was originally intended to close the film. Featuring Bond, Mr. White and Guy Haines, this ‘cliffhanger’ ending would have necessitated that Bond 23 continue the story. ‘If I would have kept the scene, then producers wouldn’t have had a choice but to make it a trilogy. Now they can start new. They have that opportunity,’ Forster said at the time.

    Craig continued: ‘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.’

    The actor couldn’t confirm a strict timetable for his third Bond film, stating: ‘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 [a non-Bond project] in next year I will… but I haven’t figured out what that’ll be yet. But nothing in the cold.’

    Michael G. Wilson

    Michael G. Wilson

    It was reported last year that Sony was eyeing a 2010 release date for Bond 23, but producer Michael G. Wilson has since stated that a 2011 release seems more likely.

    In an interview with IGN, he said: ‘I would think that we’d bring it out in two-and-a-half to three years [from] now, I guess. It’s hard to tell until we get working on the script [which is scheduled to commence in January 2009]’

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