You’re not going to like this, but this James Bond film will be … not great. Oh it will be filmed beautifully and contain some high octane stunts, but it’s got something working against it: screenwriting.
Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were great because they gave us everything we want from a James Bond movie: fast cars, beautiful women and explosions aplenty. But they also gave us characters — fully nuanced, developed and interesting characters. Likely, it was the input of Paul Haggis, who jumped in with longtime Bond screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis to jumpstart the excitement of a stale franchise.
Little known fact: I own DVDs of ALL the James Bond movies, save for the Peter Seller’s spoof film, which I don’t consider part of the canon. But Wade and Purvis are from the same “school” as director Michael Bay — all spectacle and no substance. We saw that with SkyFall. Not only was SkyFall so full of mind-boggling plot holes and cinematic error as to make it annoying to watch (on par with the worst of Bond, e.g. Moonraker), it was also a non-verbal announcement that the series was returning to its “roots,” instead of running in this exciting and modern new director which made it feel fresh.
I think we would see diminishing returns here — Spectre will make a mint but most will agree it was a weak entry in the franchise which spans 24 films now. The next one would do far less business, but likely the introduction of a new Bond will jump start interest, which is no way for a series to continue — stumbling forward.
Oh, that trailer just came out by the way, I was just supposed to tell you that. Enjoy!