James Bond is facing his greatest menace yet. Studio shenanigans.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle just bailed on the latest 007 assignment, citing the proverbial creative differences. Now, Team Bond is scrambling to find a new visionary to bring star Daniel Craig back for a fifth spy adventure.
It’s tempting to say, “why bother?”
Craig clearly doesn’t want the gig. He all but said so after his fourth Bond outing, “Spectre.” It’s hard to blame him. The shoot left him shaken and bruised. Today’s action heroes do plenty of their own stunt work. Just ask Tom Cruise.
It took a massive paycheck to help change Craig’s mind.
And then there’s the pressure to modernize James Bond. Cast a woman as the next Bond! Why not a man of color! Does he have to be so cruel, by the way?
It’s enough to make you shrug and say, let the franchise expire. Only we need James Bond now… more than ever. Here are four reasons why.