Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Bond Cinematic Universe
Here is another head-scratcher for you. MGM is the next in line to catch Universe Fever and they are seriously considering a shared universe revolving around James Bond. Yes, you read that right. A James Bond shared universe. This is the strangest one I've read about. The Marvel and DC universes make sense. They are based upon comic books, and in those comic books, it was second hand nature to know that all those superheroes existed in the same world. Not so weird. The Dark Universe wasn't that bad of an idea on paper, those monsters existed in the same world too. It just wasn't executed very well. Even what they are doing with King Kong and Godzilla makes sense. But James Bond? Ian Fleming never wrote multiple books in the world of James Bond. He kept the focus on the Bond character.
What would a James Bond shared universe look like? Would we get a Felix Lieter movie? A Q movie? An M prequel? A dreaded prequel to how Blofeld created Spectre? None of those ideas sound particularly interesting. I don't think any of those movies would really get butts in seats. People like the world of Bond due to the main character. I am not sure how well stand-alone movies on his supporting characters would be as bankable as a regular James Bond movie. So...why even do this? Because shared universes are hot now?
MGM has struggled over the years with debt. They had to fight like dogs to put their house back together again. Do they really want to tear all that hard work down again?