Bond 23 to continue trilogy?
Amongst the gossip and the “private life which should stay private” expose of this story there's a very interesting comment that could tell us what direction Bond 23 will take, and that's the bit I'm interested in.
It's a huge rumour mind you, caught up in the middle of a UK tabloid that often has wildly wrong sources, especially when it comes to film rumours, but then even if that is wrong there's a chance that the side story is telling us the trilogy that Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) and Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) began is going to continue in the third film.
You'll remember that there was a lot of talk about the third film dropping the storyline after the second did so badly, even Daniel Craig himself was talking about dropping the storyline, 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"
He repeated that idea later that year 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...
...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."
He's not been the only one either, it's a comment that's been echoed around behind the production for some time, however it's totally wrong. As I've said before, if the trilogy was such a mistake and that storyline so bad, how did Casino Royale (Filmstalker review) work so well?
Let's face it, it was the poorly made Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) that caused the problems, that bungled ending and the half-hearted villain of a business man who stole some rights to a body of water from a villain dictator to sell back to him was pretty rubbish, and come on wouldn't the dictator just take the water anyway? Never mind the ending where the entire conclusion of the story with the two main characters was edited out for us.
The good news was that back in August of last year Daniel Craig had a turnaround:
"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."
Brilliant, and now it could be that the entire production is embracing that ideal.
Through a rumour story in The Sun through N.Y. Post, which is more about the romance between Craig and Rachel Weisz and the rumour from an unnamed insider (warning bells) that the producers want Weisz to play the, and here's the good bit...
...head of the sinister organisation behind the villainy in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace rather than Bond's love interest.
Brilliant. Not only is she a great actress but this would mean the trilogy continues and they get a chance to complete the story ignoring the fact of the bungled second film.
It's a big rumour though, so keep your salt handy, but the signs are pointing to the fact that Bond 23 will be a completion of that trilogy, or at the very least the Quantum organisation will continue.