However you feel about it, there’s little doubt “Spectre” was a misfire for the Bond franchise – critically dismissed and suffering decidedly weaker box-office than its far better received predecessor “Skyfall”. With actor Daniel Craig’s future with the franchise uncertain, the series stands at a crossroads with many wondering where it will go next and how it will recover from last year’s stumble.
Associate producer Gregg Wilson, son of EON’s Michael G. Wilson and his likely successor, spoke with Norwegian site filmweb.no (via Birth Movies Death) this week and discussed where the twenty-fifth film now stands:
“We’ve just begun to doodle with ideas for the next movie. Each script process begins when we ask ourselves the question: ‘What is the world afraid of now?’ In the case of Spectre the theme was global monitoring and utilization of information. So now we are trying to find out what will be relevant in the coming years.
We always want to do something new with the Bond character and see him in situations we have not seen him in the past. We must give the audience something new every time…often it helps to go back to Ian Fleming’s novels for inspiration, whether you’re talking about grades or mood.”
Though much of Fleming’s work has already been exploited for the screen in past films, a few elements from both the novels and short stories have yet to be utilised which could be incorporated into a new story. The next Bond film isn’t expected out until 2018, whether it will be Craig’s last or the first effort of a new face we probably won’t find out for a while yet.