My wishes for the 2020s? Oddly enough, I haven’t yet spent a lot of thought about this.
Obviously more films per decade - at least a few more if at all possible. Pretty please!
Then again, if I had to choose between more films and a more solid home for the films I’d probably choose the latter; also quality over quantity, though I’d say they don’t exclude one another.
Obviously the search for Craig’s successor will be going on full speed the night of NO TIME TO DIE’s premiere, which of course is also our bread and butter here. That said, I could do without the tabloid trash articles that are mainly based on some player or other manipulating the betting markets - often enough the grey and black variety in Asia.
Also I would hate to see another “…is NOT Bond!!!” idiocy screamed at the top of their toddler tantrum lungs from the net. This kind of stuff is straight for the psychiatrist couch. As fans we don’t agree on everything, that’s a given. But we cannot, even as fans, expect the series’ future to develop along our preferences.
Yes, we have the right to be disappointed, to disagree with whatever creative decisions are made at Eon’s fifth floor. But after a given number of films there’s really only one good medicine for that, tasting bitter but helpful nonetheless: simply grow up, just move on and continue with your live. I’d like to give this advice to the people who have crossed, perhaps without realising it, the line from fan to fanatic.
Literary Bond: I’ve been very invested in that branch over the decades. Somehow though I’ve cared less and less over the recent years. Obviously I still have to give Horowitz a second chance since the responses are so positive. And maybe I’d find the current line of comics adapting Fleming also to my liking.
What I would like to see would be a graphic novel that really uses its potential, the way Charlie Higson did with Young Bond and that came so unexpected from out of the blue. Maybe by an artist like Jason Lutes or Eddie Campbell.
This would probably not be a classic comic book format and likely not use the distinctive look we’ve come to expect from the films. But if it’s not in any way ‘canon’ and not restricted by monthly sales (or trying to sell stuff), why then not go the full distance? I was intrigued by the secret military installations using steam engines in case of an EMP attack mentioned in Eidolon - why not show the actual attack and its consequences?
Bond is often at his best when there’s a touch of the bizarre involved. Perhaps the best medium to realise that would be the comics and I’d like to see it happen.