Casino Royale was one of the best James Bond movies in decades, almost universally loved by critics and audiences, and was the biggest money-maker in the franchise’s history. The film proved that a stripped down, serious and gritty Bond film could score bigger than any wacky superspy nonsense, and that Daniel Craig’s rough and tumble take on the character could appeal to everybody. So how are series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson approaching the upcoming sequel? By stuffing in formulaic Bond jokes, according to Craig.
“They [the producers] just want more gags. The next one’s going to be a lot funnier. Octopussy and Pussy Galore style gags. They’re all great names – but that’s the thing, the Bond jokes will be flipped on their heads,” he tells The Daily Express.
That’s what the film needs: self-aware Bond parody. Why not just make the sequel in line with the terrific first film? The relaunch was handled almost flawlessly, but it looks like the sequels will be quickly devolving into the usual bullshit. By the third film James Bond will likely be riding an invisible rocket pen or some crap. Boo.