SPECTRE is, by far, the most anticipated film of the Killing Time community. There are a lot of good films to look forward to this fall while we’re counting the days until Star Wars Episode VII, but Bond’s 24th outing is the July poll’s winner as the one we’re most anticipating.
I have loved every one of the Craig Bond films, loved how actual character development has finally made its way into this franchise and that the team behind the outstanding Skyfall is back to do SPECTRE, only heightens my excitement. The first teaser was cryptic, built off the events of Skyfall and promised that this encounter with SPECTRE was going to be very personal for Bond. The second trailer hammers that home. Someone has been hinted at from Casino Royale at the person pulling all the strings causing mayhem in Bond’s life and it looks like it’s SPECTRE’s head (Christoph Waltz). I cannot wait for November 6, 2015.
Oh. Please. Let. It. Be November. Now!(with me somehow having seen I along the way). The first trailer for the 24th outing of the world’s best spy, James Bond, debuts and it promises A LOT. Spectre, has traditionally been an evil organization plaguing MI-6 and their head, Hans Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), is one of the immortal Bond villains. They’re getting a reboot in a big way, and Mendes in his second consecutive Bond film is continuing what has made Daniel Craig’s reign as Bond the best in the series: he’s made an actual character out of him. Previous Bond movies were all pretty much one-shot episodes with everything reset and no consequences, but from Casino Royale, Craig has been building a Bond that’s very much evolving, very much haunted by and running from his past, and now it looks like something from Skyfall has ripped open some of James’ most private wounds. Aside from Episode VII and Age of Ultron there is no movie I want to see more this year than Spectre, and I will be there when it opens on November 6, 2015.
Idris Elba has long been one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. He got a little bit of fame from playing Heimdal in Thor and Thor The Dark World, but if you want to see Idris Elba, watch him as Stringer Bell on The Wire. Watch him as John Luther on the BBC’s Luther (I want him to return to that character so badly). He’s immensely talented and you’d better be if you’re taking on the role of the most pivotal figure in African politics in the 20th Century: Nelson Mandela. This film will focus, not on Mandela as Morgan Freeman showed him in Invictus post-incarceration. This is the Mandela that was branded a terrorist. This is the young Mandela. If he can land it, maybe he’ll finally get the recognition he deserves (though I won’t get my third season of Luther). Mandela Long Walk to Freedom opens on November 29, 2013.
Following Skyfall director Sam Mendes’ decision not to return for the 24th installment of the 007 franchise, where does that leave the film? Daniel Craig will return. He’s contractually obligated to do five Bond films and this would be his fourth. I’d like to see him continue long past that, but he has never seemed particularly enthusiastic about re-upping (though that may be just because Craig is a notoriously cranky interview).
John Logan (who penned Skyfall) is working on the script. Skyfall’s ending leaves a pretty wide open future, though one that will presumably have Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris and Ben Whishaw returning as MI-6 staff. Skyfall’s arc seemed to put together a completely mature and balanced (relatively speaking) Bond that had slowly been evolving since Casino Royale. I think Skyfall showed the difference an iconic and brilliantly acted villain makes in the franchise (why wasn’t Javier Bardem nominated?). It’ll be hard to top Bardem’s Silva, but I look forward to seeing Logan try.
The latest official line on the film comes from MGM Chairman Gary Barber, “We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon. We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released.”
I was really hoping that we’d get another in 2014, but it looks like it may be as long as 2016. The real variable is how long it takes to sign a director and when that director is ready to go. Had Mendes returned, I think 2014 would have been possible, but my money is on 2015 when it seems that all the good movies that are ever going to be made are scheduled for release. If it’s as good as Skyfall, though, it’ll be worth the wait.