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With Bond cancelled, Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig will wait it out

07.08.2010

With news this week that MGM is officially cancelling the next Bond project, you would think that means things are dissolving entirely.

But not so. Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig will reportedly keep the faith as Deadline says they will both return to the project once MGM is able to sort its shit out. We recently learned that the other flailing MGM project THE HOBBIT does not have the same ability to keep the patience of its cast, as Ian McKellen recently claimed he will walk if things don’t start moving forward.

Mendes will keep busy in the meantime by directing ON CHESIL BEACH, an adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel that he wants Carey Mulligan to star in, and also a CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Broadway musical. Huh? Sure, whatever.

Craig is already signed up for Jon Favreau’s COWBOYS AND ALIENS, and is in talks to be in David Fincher’s GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Surely that’s enough to keep him busy until he needs to put on the Bond tuxedo once again in a few years.

I don’t think it’s a question of IF we’ll see these MGM properties realized, as clearly it’s just a matter of WHEN a new Bond movie and THE HOBBIT get made. But this really is a huge mess, and it’s too bad worthwhile franchises got caught in the crossfire.

Extra Tidbit: Even now, I still can’t get behind Craig’s Bond. I’m fine with the look, but the charm is just…gone.
Source: Deadline

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7:49AM on 07/31/2010

Needed This

Hope they cool off for a couple of years, enough to do a re-think. Bond has hit a dead end already by distancing itself from it's original movie identity. I wish Craig fans wouldn't drag poor Fleming into their arguments. No way did Fleming or his books ever evoke such a raw brute character as Craig depicts. I mean, Fleming wanted Cary Grant, David Niven or James Mason as Bond...all legendary smoothies. That should tell you something about how very far removed Craig is from Fleming's Bond.
Hope they cool off for a couple of years, enough to do a re-think. Bond has hit a dead end already by distancing itself from it's original movie identity. I wish Craig fans wouldn't drag poor Fleming into their arguments. No way did Fleming or his books ever evoke such a raw brute character as Craig depicts. I mean, Fleming wanted Cary Grant, David Niven or James Mason as Bond...all legendary smoothies. That should tell you something about how very far removed Craig is from Fleming's Bond. Gritty is great but what's all this talk about "real"? If I want real I'll watch "Syriana". And how real is a villian oozing tears of blood anyway. Drop Craig, find someone else more suitable for starters. Then get out of this generic, by-the-numbers, one-of-a-crowd rut that Bond has sunk into.
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6:36AM on 07/10/2010

Hurry

I want at least one more like Casino Royale...Quantum of Solace wasn't bas but I loved Casino Royale so much that Quantum was just a let down.
I want at least one more like Casino Royale...Quantum of Solace wasn't bas but I loved Casino Royale so much that Quantum was just a let down.
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9:26AM on 07/09/2010
For extra tidbit, I can understand why you think like that because Craig's Bond isn't what we have seen in previous Bond that has lots of gadget and more humor. Craig's Bond is more gritty and more down to earth. To me, he's like the improved Dalton's Bond. Yeah, I like Craig as Bond.
For extra tidbit, I can understand why you think like that because Craig's Bond isn't what we have seen in previous Bond that has lots of gadget and more humor. Craig's Bond is more gritty and more down to earth. To me, he's like the improved Dalton's Bond. Yeah, I like Craig as Bond.
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9:05AM on 07/09/2010
I agree with posters below that Craig actually does exhibit the style and charisma that were in the actual Fleming novels. Craig's Bond is perfect for our time right now. If he and Sam Mendes are willing to wait this out... so am I. But I don't want to wait that long...
I agree with posters below that Craig actually does exhibit the style and charisma that were in the actual Fleming novels. Craig's Bond is perfect for our time right now. If he and Sam Mendes are willing to wait this out... so am I. But I don't want to wait that long...
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12:07AM on 07/09/2010
Need more Bond. Pretty sad day if I don't get to see the naked eye again.
Need more Bond. Pretty sad day if I don't get to see the naked eye again.
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9:39PM on 07/08/2010
I hope something gets done. Daniel Craig was awesome as Bond. I want to see at least 2-3 more movies with him starring.
I hope something gets done. Daniel Craig was awesome as Bond. I want to see at least 2-3 more movies with him starring.
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9:19PM on 07/08/2010
god dammit will MGM just fucking die and let us enjoy movies again??
god dammit will MGM just fucking die and let us enjoy movies again??
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7:51PM on 07/08/2010

just let the...

scott bros. bail you the fuck out already, giving them a say in the creative process is always a plus. and craig does rock as bond, i didn't like the casting untill i saw casino royale, no charm necessary, just balls out killing.
scott bros. bail you the fuck out already, giving them a say in the creative process is always a plus. and craig does rock as bond, i didn't like the casting untill i saw casino royale, no charm necessary, just balls out killing.
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6:25PM on 07/08/2010

More Bond!

I hope the new Bond comes out. Daniel Craig rocks!
I hope the new Bond comes out. Daniel Craig rocks!
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5:24PM on 07/08/2010
Great to hear that. And, according to the charme. It may be gone but that is exactly the Bond Flemming describes in his Novels
Great to hear that. And, according to the charme. It may be gone but that is exactly the Bond Flemming describes in his Novels
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4:42PM on 07/08/2010
This better get made. Like cut the crap. Craig and Mendes. Come on! Don't think, do!
Craig has so much potential in the Bond world. He'll be everywhere with Cowboys and Aliens anyway, but he could progress to be a great Bond. Plus I want to see what Mendes does with Bond. Oscars?
This better get made. Like cut the crap. Craig and Mendes. Come on! Don't think, do!
Craig has so much potential in the Bond world. He'll be everywhere with Cowboys and Aliens anyway, but he could progress to be a great Bond. Plus I want to see what Mendes does with Bond. Oscars?
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3:51PM on 07/08/2010
They are doing a lot of things right with this reboot of the franchise, and I'm glad they're going to be patient and take their time with it. It would've been disastrous if they chugged along for the sake of pumping out another movie.
They are doing a lot of things right with this reboot of the franchise, and I'm glad they're going to be patient and take their time with it. It would've been disastrous if they chugged along for the sake of pumping out another movie.
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3:43PM on 07/08/2010
Craig is a great Bond, and Mendes is an excellent director. I am super happy to see them willing to wait for this travesty to be worked out.
Craig is a great Bond, and Mendes is an excellent director. I am super happy to see them willing to wait for this travesty to be worked out.
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3:02PM on 07/08/2010
It's a little encouraging to see Craig and Mendes staying committed. With only two movies, he's shown tremendous promise and it'd be a damn shame to have it end at that. I just hope that MGM gets put outta their misery right now, and Sony buy up the rights.
It's a little encouraging to see Craig and Mendes staying committed. With only two movies, he's shown tremendous promise and it'd be a damn shame to have it end at that. I just hope that MGM gets put outta their misery right now, and Sony buy up the rights.
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2:51PM on 07/08/2010
I'm glad they are going to stick with Bond until it's no longer feasible.

I just think we've probably seen the last of Craig as Bond. When MGM goes through bankruptcy it's going to be a while before they start taking bids for the rights of its intellectual property. I just have a bad feeling (absent someone buying out MGM), that this is going to be too far in the future for Craig to reprise the role.
I'm glad they are going to stick with Bond until it's no longer feasible.

I just think we've probably seen the last of Craig as Bond. When MGM goes through bankruptcy it's going to be a while before they start taking bids for the rights of its intellectual property. I just have a bad feeling (absent someone buying out MGM), that this is going to be too far in the future for Craig to reprise the role.
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2:20PM on 07/08/2010

Perfect

Daniel Craig is the perfect James Bond, he has made the character what it was always meant to be. Glad to hear he will come back when everything is ready.
Daniel Craig is the perfect James Bond, he has made the character what it was always meant to be. Glad to hear he will come back when everything is ready.
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2:19PM on 07/08/2010

I'll Wait

Bond is back in a big way and I'm ready to wait for it.
Bond is back in a big way and I'm ready to wait for it.
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2:16PM on 07/08/2010
I definitely am hip to this news. Hopefully they can get this figured out quickly. Personally, Craig is Bond in my mind and having read Ian Fleming's novels he is a much closer interpretation of the character then the cartoonish version people have grown accustomed to. The word used to describe him the most in Casino Royale is "cold" and Craig sends that vibe without even trying.
I definitely am hip to this news. Hopefully they can get this figured out quickly. Personally, Craig is Bond in my mind and having read Ian Fleming's novels he is a much closer interpretation of the character then the cartoonish version people have grown accustomed to. The word used to describe him the most in Casino Royale is "cold" and Craig sends that vibe without even trying.
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1:58PM on 07/08/2010

Doubtful about this

As much as I love Craig as Bind (Completely disagree w/ extra tidbit!!!!!!), I am def worried we may not see him fill the shoes again. MGM is a fuckup studio, why dont they just sell the rights to a bigger better studio?
As much as I love Craig as Bind (Completely disagree w/ extra tidbit!!!!!!), I am def worried we may not see him fill the shoes again. MGM is a fuckup studio, why dont they just sell the rights to a bigger better studio?
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1:37PM on 07/08/2010

Thank you for waiting it out...

To me, the definition of charm isn't repeatedly dropping cheesy sex related one-liners (even in tense situations).

Whichever Bond anyone likes better... I prefer the serious heartbroken assassin ladies man type over the foolish joking sex addict.
To me, the definition of charm isn't repeatedly dropping cheesy sex related one-liners (even in tense situations).

Whichever Bond anyone likes better... I prefer the serious heartbroken assassin ladies man type over the foolish joking sex addict.
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2:08PM on 07/08/2010
You mean, you prefer the interpretation of the character as how he was originally written? That's unheard of...
You mean, you prefer the interpretation of the character as how he was originally written? That's unheard of...
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