James Bond to be revamped for next film

Discussion in 'Community' started by Blue Velvet, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Now, I'm no huge Bond fan but I know many of you are so I thought I'd share this slightly alarming piece of news for all you Bond-lovers out there...

    James Bond is to be given a new image as a younger character with no gadgets, a writer on the next film has told trade paper the Hollywood Reporter.

    "We're trying to reinvent Bond. He's 28 - no Q, no gadgets."

  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    I don't care if he's 28. But you just cannot have Bond without Q and gadgets.

    It just ain't right dammit.
  3. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
  4. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Maybe they're trying to go for a more stripped-down and less jokey tense thriller-type affair. Which is something I would prob. rent on DVD...

    From what I heard about the last one, it sounded pretty dire. Invisible cars, surfing tsunamis etc.

    Has anybody here read Casino Royale?
  5. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    His name is Jason Bourne.
  6. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    Since it is taking after the book, I see nothing wrong with it...
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    No Q!?!? My knees are getting weak... forehead feels cold... feeling faint...

    I'm gonna hold my breath until I turn blue if they don't have Q! :( :(

    Of course, so far this is just the word of writer Paul Haggis. Perhaps if a certain spy, using high-tech gadgets provided to him by Q Division, infiltrated Haggis' workshop and took out his operation and his hundreds of dimwitted henchmen using a hyperthermo cyberholographic plasma gun, swept Miss Comely in the proofreading department off her feet, and escaped, drinking a martini, by riding out on the rolling cart they use for the 5 gallon bottles for the water cooler, we could put a stop to this tentative plot before it gets any further and thereby prevent non-Bond-traditionalists from taking over the world and laughing at us the way only evil megalomaniacs can.
  8. James Philp macrumors 65816

    James Philp

    Mar 5, 2005
    I always thought a more realistic, more adult, brutal sadistic Bond would be more compelling. Exposing a little bit of what the cold war as a British spy would be like.
    Is there a good reason why this kind of Bond film cannot be made? A few gadgets (realistic to the time) set in the early 80s, revealing the manipulative, calculating, cunning and unscrupulous nature of the spy and their training. (Do a thesaurus on "manipulative" to get a few more good words!)

    A Bond with an 18 (R) certificate, adult, questioning, thought-provoking, historical in nature - now that film I would like to see.

    The last one was so bad not even Halle Berry in a Bikini could save it! (And all the ones since Goldeneye have also been poor - but then maybe I only like Goldeneye because of the excellent N64 game ?!?)
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If they delete the Bond girls, the movie is in trouble.
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Bond girl, gadgets, and Q are essential.

    However, the unbelievable, hocus-pocus stuff should be left out. I always felt that way. He should have had cool gadgets, but invisible cars? A cool car with missles is more *cough*realistic*cough* than a great car with missles that also has built-in skis and the ability to drive on ice better than on concrete.

    Bond should also be a bit more sexist, be more seductive and aggressive when it comes to hot girls, and have more sex. That's just the way I imagine him. He's not like that anymore, and he'll be even less like that now, from what I heard.

    Without the sex and gadgets, they may as well make a movie about me!
  11. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Bond ought to be a period piece-- set in the early 60's Goldfinger era-- its gotten more and more uncomfortable taking him to Afghanistan and post-cold war places with nutty super-villains and outrageous gadgets. He's a 20th century character; he ought to stay there and be Connery-like, with no more than a very little subtle humor; a little twisted and sadistic, with a rare gadget or two.
  12. Veldek macrumors 68000


    Mar 29, 2003
    IIRC, the first Bond didn't have any gadgets at all. I agree though, that this is one of the coolest factors in Bond movies.
  13. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    Mmm I also agree Bond must have:
    great cars, amazing gadgets, Q, and women.

    I'm not bothered by possibly a younger Bond - although some of the actors names being thrown around have raised my eyebrow.
  14. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Surely a Roger Moore type of raised eyebrow?
  15. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I am so glad they're revamping Bond. The latest ones are so terrible. Just this past summer I watched a few of the older ones, and the new ones need to be more like the Sean Connery ones. Roger Moore got kind of silly, but a few of his are good, too.

    As for the gadgets, at first I was disappointed, but after thinking about it a little, I think it'll be much better. We'll have a Bond that gets out of jams by thinking instead of pressing a button on some ridiculous gadget. I can hardly wait for the new Bond movie now.
  16. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
  17. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Q - I'll take him or leave him (or is it her now?)
    Gadgets - I'll take 'em or leave 'em.
    Bond girls - I'll take 'em or leave 'em.
    Period or present - either

    But christ please lose the product placements and please, please, please get a script!
  18. jiggie2g macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2003
    Hope Jude Law is ready to take on the Bond Legacy, because he's a perfect fit fot the role. Even though he's 32-33 but with a little make-up i'm sure most people be able to tell anyway.
  19. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    sorry about the sex bit but I can recommend some gadgets for you.
  20. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Well, unless they changed it from before, it's John Cleese now. (If you saw, he played R in The World Is Not Enough, set to be Q's successor. Who knew it would turn out to be true? :()
  21. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
    It would be kewl if they made it more realistic like the Bourne identity movies. Those kicked major ass.
  22. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I think Bond movies need to stay slightly different though to the other styled movies like the Bourne movies, Mission Impossible series, and a number of other high speed action / thrillers with just a main male character, a few gadgets, to save the world.

    Bond films come with a style, a sophistication, and a certain tone or class that I think up till now have generally set them apart from others.

    It will be interesting to see what they do with Casino Royale
  23. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Amen! The next film may tank, and then the gadgets come back with Q in the next one.
  24. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    id like to know who it idiot is who thought jude law would be a good james bond. no Q? no cars? no women? it cannot be james bond with out them. The gadgets i can live with out. they got more and more ridiculous every movie. Im watching "Die Another Day" right now on SpikeTV and i dont like it at all. They start fighting for no apparent reason. And i have always wondered how you could have a satellite in the sky that acts as a laser to kill stuff with, with out NORAD knowing about it? I dont think i will ever rent another James Bond movie made after 1990.
  25. Verto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2005
    Denton, TX
    Tell that to Ian Fleming. Anyone who has read the original James Bond novels will know there is a distinct lack of the OMFG super-duper Aston Martin which turns into a Nimitz Aircraft carrier with the press of a button. IMO, the real, good, James Bond died, and gave way to the Generic Action Hero. Initially, this was compensated by Sean Connery, and to a much lesser extent, Roger Moore, along with fairly good plots (plots that worsened as the movies strayed away from the books). But now James Bond is nothing.

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