BOND 25: TAKEN, Not Stirred?

Tabloid says the next 007 film will remake ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, again. Internet reacts, again.

This morning Bond 25 rumors are brewing that the film will be an ersatz remake of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is from Page Six, which means I'd ordinarily shove this into my nighttime musings, but people are talking so, y’know. Here's what Page Six says:

A Hollywood insider tells us that in the film that’s so far been dubbed “Bond 25”: “Bond quits the secret service, and he’s in love and gets married.” The source continues that “his wife then gets killed,” bringing Bond back into action.

In the franchise’s last film from 2015, “Spectre,” Bond’s love interest was Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann — who’s (naturally) rescued by Bond just before the closing credits. But the source says that as the next film opens, they are in wedded bliss. “The film’s like ‘Taken’ with Bond,” says the source, who adds that the suave spy is trying to avenge his wife’s murder.

I either doubt it or I hope it’s not the case; sometimes my emotions make it hard to tell when I’m being logical. Sure, Spectre’s early scripts featured Irma Bunt (Blofeld’s sidekick from OHMSS), and sure the script ended with Bond telling Madeleine “we have all the time in the world.” (And the Spectre trailer had a dope orchestration of the OHMSS theme.) So this feels like the resurrection of those clues, extrapolated on by an anyonymous source.

But lemme add to the reasons this is a bad idea: Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux had absolutely no chemistry on screen together, and fridging her character in 2019 seems like, I dunno, a terrible idea? Move on!

Moreover, is Daniel Craig really coming back for another po-faced “this time it’s personal?” jam as his swan song? I hope not. And I’d rather Bond 25 left the junk pile of Spectre in its rearview than doubled down on its bad decisions.

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