My own favourite James Bond is definitely Daniel Craig, and pretty much only on the basis of Casino Royale. I was so taken with his performance there that you could offer me any replacement, and I think I’d stick rather than twist.
And for now at least, it seems like Bond producer Michael G Wilson wants Craig to hang around too.
Though they haven’t given a quote to this exact effect, and even manage one that slightly contradicts it, The People are reporting that Wilson and his colleagues in producing the Bond series have offered Craig a deal for five more Bond films after Skyfall:
James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been offered a multi-million pound deal to become the longest serving 007 of all time…
In an exclusive interview with The People, Wilson told how he would love him to do five more.
He said: “It’s certainly something we’ll be discussing with him once we finish shooting Skyfall. Filming has gone very well so far and I’d love Daniel to surpass Roger’s record and do eight pictures. Daniel’s been an absolute pleasure to be around because he takes the role so seriously. There’s really no one more passionate about making these films work than him – he’s a film maker’s dream.”
Wanting someone to do more films and having any kind of offer in place, however informal, just isn’t the same thing but you try telling that to a tabloid newspaper.
Some direct quotes from Wilson on other matters are more solid. Most interesting, I think, is his comment on the style and tone of the new film:
The director Sam Mendes and Daniel are taking it back to a 60s feel – more Sean. I think that’s what the fans wanted. There’s a magical Goldfinger feel surrounding it all. It’s all very exciting. I can’t wait for people to see the movie because I think we’re making a very special Bond.
Which seems fitting for a film scheduled for release around the 50th anniversary of Dr. No, the first Bond movie.
Talking of that special occasion, Wilson teased a few possibilities:
We’d really like to get all six [actors to have been an Eon-movie Bond] together. We’re trying to find a way for fans to celebrate with us because they’ve been the reason the Bond films have been the success they have. We’re looking at ways to show off sets from the latest film, as well as props and perhaps give movie master classes for film fans.
Still sounding pretty vague.
I’ll be flabbergasted if there’s not a 1-22 Blu-ray set of everything from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, and probably by the end of Summer too. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a series of the films playing in cinemas again, possibly in the “for one night only” model we’ve seen a lot of lately.
Whatever they do, it would culminate in the release of Skyfall, their newest and most potentially lucrative asset. So… no pressure, then, Mr. Mendes.