Daniel Craig Wants Q and Moneypenny in the Next Bond
With Quantum of Solace already passing the $150 million mark, things are still looking bright for the future of the James Bond franchise now lead by Daniel Craig. Even though not everyone loved Solace, most have come to respect Craig as a formidable Bond that challenges the likes of even Sean Connery. Being a huge Bond fan myself, I'm already anxious to see where the franchise will go next, especially since Solace finally finishes the origin of Bond and puts us on track to see the kind of stories we've been familiar with since Dr. No in 1962. Collider talked with Craig recently and got an update on where they might head next.
"We've finished this story as far as I'm concerned," Craig asserts. "We've got a great set of bad guys. There is an organization that we can use whenever we want to. The relationship between Bond and M is secure and Felix is secure. Let's try and find where Moneypenny came from and where Q comes from. Let's do all that and have some fun with it." I'm actually very impressed by Craig's understanding of the Bond franchise and know that we're in good hands with him leading the way. I'd love to see an origin of Q and an origin of Moneypenny story, although I'm slightly worried - since Desmond Llewelyn passed away, no one has been able to fill his shoes. Would they actually find a suitable alternative that isn't John Cleese?
As for when we'll see the next Bond movie, Craig doesn't even know. "We don't know when we're going to do the next Bond. Nobody's thinking about it at the moment. We're giving it a rest for the moment. If I can squeeze something in next year I will... but I haven't figured out what that'll be yet." Bond 23, as it's currently being called, is tentatively scheduled for 2010, because the time between Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace was also two years. Just like the team behind The Dark Knight, however, everyone is taking a break and no one is thinking about the sequel just yet. Don't worry, it'll happen soon enough!