Craig changes his mind on Bond
While all the concern over MGM is raging and there's the uncertainty about the next Bond film, there's the realisation that no matter what happens Bond will survive and either MGM will be saved to make another film or another studio will pick up the franchise and run with it.
When that does happen we'll see a new Bond film with Daniel Craig, but which direction will it take? Will it continue with the planned trilogy or try something new? It seems that Craig's viewpoint on the whole affair may well have taken a complete u-turn.
Speaking about the situation about Bond and MGM Daniel Craig was pretty clear, he doesn't know what's happening and we probably know more than him.
"It is what it is. Unless MGM can sort themselves out, we can't make a movie. It's hard to talk about things that aren't happening. There will be more to say when things are happening. I'm really keen to get going, it's as simple as that. And I'm hoping that, in a while, we will."
Those are his words and it's nothing surprising really, no one knows what's going on right now and we won't until the next Bond begins production again, and we don't know when that will be with MGM. Personally I still think they, and all their backers, are insane for going with the two Hobbit films to save the studio and not the Bond franchise. Two big Bond films back to back would surely have been easier to produce and would have been out by now.
Anyway, that's not the point right now, the point is that after Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review)) Daniel Craig was that they didn't want to finish the Quantum trilogy.
You see the feeling was that the not so hot performance and the poor reviews for Quantum of Solace was down to the audience's liking of the ongoing trilogy, not the fact that the film itself wasn't that well put together, it was far removed from Bond, and the final act was a mess with that wrapping up of the story a complete nightmare of editing that was doing its best to destroy any future film.
At the time Craig was a voice for the idea that the Quantum organisation and the trilogy idea was to blame. In an interview back in October 2008 he said:
"I don't see a trilogy, everybody else is suggesting a trilogy, I don't actually see a trilogy...No, no, I genuinely think that's stories finished now"
That was pretty clear, and in December of that year he went even further and said:
"No [expletive removed - Richard] way. I'm done with that story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half an hour of the next movie drinking a cocktail."
Wow, that was pretty harsh, and he followed that up with:
"We've finished this story as far as I'm concerned. 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."
At the time I thought, and still believe, that this is entirely the wrong thing to do and fans of the franchise will be a little annoyed at just dropping the idea of this trilogy for the new Bond. If you really believe it was the wrong direction then next you'll be telling me that Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) was the wrong direction for Bond. Well it wasn't.
Now though, it seems as though Daniel Craig has changed his view. Speaking in that L.A. Times article that gave us the first quote, he follows it up with a big reveal that he's changed his mind since then:
"I felt as if we were just getting going and that we'd get the chance to make a couple more...I'd like to fulfill the circle with the story. But, yes, there is nothing really to say until whoever gets that house [at MGM] in order."
Okay, that's a complete turnaround to be quite honest. Now he's saying that he wants the trilogy and story to be completed and that he would like the story to go full circle. After Quantum of Solace he was keen that the whole thing was forgotten and moved on from. I think since then he's maybe read the reviews and listened to fans.