007 Producers Consider Bond Universe Expansion?

Back in 2002 around the release of Pierce Brosnan’s final outing as 007 in “Die Another Day,” there was talk of a potential Bond film series spin-off following Halle Berry’s Jinx character.

The film opened and, though financially doing well, was so soundly trashed that the talk quickly died. Bond was then rebooted with “Casino Royale” and things went from there.

Now, fifteen years on and with the success of the ‘cinematic universe’ model in modern cinema, could the franchise be trying something similar again?

The Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider this week reports that he’s heard that producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are considering the option: “I’ve heard the Broccolis have caught Universe Fever and would love to explore other corners of the Bond franchise…simultaneously.”

In terms of possibilities there’s plenty – from following the handful of other 00 agents to exploring established characters like Felix Leiter. Even so, its a speculative rumor at best.

The franchise has more important things on its mind right now, such as determining whether to get star Daniel Craig back for one last outing or to recast and undergo the usual ‘refresh’ that comes with a changing of the Bond guard.