The Next Bond Flick…
A Proposal to Extend the Franchise Without Much of a Change.
The 007 films have been around for a long time, but it originally started with the concept of a character, an MI6 Agent, with the name of James Bond placed in some suave situations, but also highly dangerous ones at times, leaving the creator’s name Ian Fleming mesmerized in the reader’s mind. Yes, Ian Fleming was an author of the prestigious and memorable character, James Bond: 007, spanning a total of approximately twenty writings, and in film, twenty-four movies from British-based Eon Productions.
In recent years, there have been rumors that there would be a Bond-like character taking the reins within the 007 film series, one that may seem to offend the sensibilities of the image that has left people captivated in seeing a Bond movie time and time again: having the role of Bond being replaced with a black man, or a black woman. Rumors have reared back to light where Eon Productions believe that they can replace Bond’s position as 007 with a woman of color whilst Bond is MIA, or “STATUS: Unknown”. This is not a case of race or gender for most fans, but the purpose of such a change being a debate goes back to whether being true to Fleming’s Bond should be regarded above all, and what it would mean to the franchise, as a whole, if the supposed twenty-fifth film, No Time to Die were to be made and released.
No Time to Die is supposedly set around a time where Bond is missing and said woman of color is taking the position of MI6’s Secret Service agent, 007. Not much is given apart from the fact that Bond is later found to be still alive. Problem is, would the 007 franchise continue on with a female lead after No Time to Die?
When I look at the premise, I see Eon Productions placing a filler between the twenty-fourth and twenty-sixth film, to keep the 007 series continuing and generating money. But, I could see a different way of executing things… In a previous film in the 007 franchise, Die Another Day, Bond meets an NSA agent under the name of Jinx. Obviously, a different actress would be acting as Jinx, but time has passed between the encounter of Bond with Jinx in Die Another Day until hypothetical current film. So, the NSA is called upon, owing a favor to MI6 for a job done by one of their other 00 Agents. NSA calls upon Jinx to track down Bond, Jinx has a chip on her shoulder from a past encounter with Bond, says no. NSA persuades her, Jinx takes on the job. Once Bond is found, Jinx finds out Bond went AWOL to do whatever No Time to Die has left to its storyline.
If Eon took on Jinx as a sideline character-cross-franchise, they can POTENTIALLY add to her character development instead of just using her as a “one-time throwaway character”, and increasing their repertoire for character design and development. No need to change Bond’s status, having him replaced. Just bring in another character and develop them a little, and take it as a chance to start a spin-off franchise.