James Bond has become the longest-running movie franchise in history. The beloved character, James Bond, has a way of getting himself into scrapes, and a way of getting himself out of them. He also has a way of getting close to the ladies. In some ways, James Bond movies are all the same. They all start with a major action scene, and there is always some sort of espionage or threat. There is always a stunningly beautiful Bond girl, and James always manages to get the bad guy in the end. Yet each movie is eagerly anticipated and always offers something new and exciting.
— Randy Olson (@randal_olson) November 6, 2015
So, when Spectre was released this past weekend, the world expected something phenomenal, especially after the success of Skyfall, the previous James Bond movie to hit the theaters. The movie held up well enough to the reviews of the critics, but according to What Culture, most critics were not as impressed with Spectre as they were with Skyfall.
Spectre gave more backstory to the James Bond character, as did Skyfall, and CNN reported that the opening of the movie was fantastic, but they also mentioned that the last hour of the movie was disappointing. According to critics, the last hour of the film was full of too many plot twists, and there were a great number of characters that did nothing more than conform to type. There were also plenty of reviews of the latest James Bond movie posted to Twitter.
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— Scott Watson (@scottymwatson) November 4, 2015
Going back to the movies, another thing James Bond always manages to do is smash up his wonderfully expensive cars. This is something that Stephen Colbert was quick to point out when Daniel Craig was on The Late Show on Wednesday night. They did a hilarious skit; a scene out of Spectre that puts James Bond in Rome and in need of a car to get away from some assassins. In the skit, Bond had just totaled the car he had been driving, so he goes to a car rental place, and Randy (Colbert) takes care of Bond.
Apparently, as long as the car is returned with a full tank of gas, it’s all good.
Even if Spectre wasn’t the best James Bond movie, it certainly won’t be the last. The same cannot be said for Daniel Craig, who told Time Out Magazine in a very interesting way that he does not want to do James Bond again.
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
As for Daniel Craig’s advice to whoever plays James Bond next?
“Literally I’d say two things. Firstly, it’s your decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Well, do listen to everybody, but you have to make the choice at the end of the day. It’s your bed to lie on. And don’t be s**t! Don’t be s**t. You’ve got to step up. People do not make movies like this any more. This is really rare now. So don’t be s**t.”
Naturally, someone will step up to the plate to play the next James Bond. The question is who? There has been speculation and reports that a few names that have been rumored to be under consideration for the coveted role of 007. These actors include Damian Lewis, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy.
James Bond fans will just have to wait until the next James Bond movie begins production, or at least closer to that time, to see who the lucky actor will be. But fans can be sure of one thing; whoever plays James Bond next, he will be handsome and will look good in a tuxedo!
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