One of the things I’ve liked most about the Craig films is how each one builds on what has come before and adds a new layer to what has come before:
The “Bond Begins” Origin Story
CR + QOS
The “Algerian Love Knot” Two Parter
CR + QOS + SF
The “Bond and M” Trilogy
CR + QOS + SF + SP
The “Spectre” Quartet
CR + QOS + SF + SP + B25
The “James Bond” Pentology?
The last scenes of each film always feel like the closing of a chapter and the beginning of a new era. I’m pleased DC is returning because it always felt to me that this era had one more chapter left to be made in what has been shaping up to be this grand (if not quite definitive) five-part statement on the themes and the character of James Bond.
I don’t know what Bond 25 will be about, but given that death was a motif of SPECTRE, Bond 25 could easily be about life, or more specifically, nature (“nature” both as in wildlife (the Japanese garden? the Crab Key obstacle course?) and as in human (Bond’s) nature). And given the way that SPECTRE concluded, Bond 25 could be about Bond - unable to stay away - returning to the dangerous world of secret agents life a moth to a flame, because, well, that’s who he is (anything else would be like “taking a room with a view”, surely). The girl could go off with some other guy at the end, like in the novel Moonraker, and 007 could carry on his way, half monk, half hitman. And to tie the whole run together, they could end with a callback to CASINO ROYALE, like Bond carrying out an assassination similar to the one in that film’s opening (in black and white), or with the line “Bond, James Bond”.