By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)
Despite being the world’s longest running franchise, grossing over $5billion at the box office, the idea of actually making a good Bond film never really caught on until recently.
Now, after the success of Daniel Craig’s first two outings (particularly the superb Casino Royale), producers Barbara Brocolli and Michael Wilson obviously realised the scope of the character they have at their disposal.
Oscar winning director Sam Mendes, who has never made a bad film, is in charge of an amazing cast, and the rumour is that the script isn’t bad either.
He said: “I got very excited when I saw Daniel in Casino Royale. I loved that movie and I thought it opened up a whole new range of possibilities.
“When they came to me with this fantastic script, I saw it as huge challenge and a fantastic opportunity.”
The supporting cast includes; Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judie Dench and Albert Finney, making this, easily, the most exciting cast ever for a Bond film.
The success of the Jason Bourne series helped nudge franchise into more serious territory after the Pierce Brosnan era, who despite being a good Bond, participated in some of the worst films in the series.
Despite the financial success of the Brosnan films, the last three in particular seemed to be geared towards 12-year-old boys, and on reflection were complete nonsense.
Interestingly, the decision to dumb down those films was taken because of the perceived failure of the two Timothy Dalton films, which were grounded in the real world as an attempt to move away from the Moore campiness.
There is a common belief that all the original Ian Fleming source material has been used. The truth is that many of the Connery and Moore films barely resembled the books.
It seems Daniel Craig, whilst appearing in material that isn’t directly related to Fleming, is portraying a Bond more reflective of the authors true interpretation.
And, with momentum gained from his previous two films, he believes that the ingredients were right to make a landmark in the series.
He said: “Being lucky enough to do a third film it was my intention to make the best bond film we possibly could.
“With the gang of people we got working here and the great script I believe we’re going to do it.”