Surely some of you remember Skyfall, a great entry into the James Bond film series (one of the best in a long time by this Renegade Reporter’s standards) where we saw a slight return to the days of old through the inclusion of Q and a couple of neat, but not over the top, gadgets. This, the reintroduction of Miss Moneypenny, and the way Craig’s Bond seemed to lighten up even in the face of M’s demise had many thinking that perhaps a lighter, more “fun” Bond film was coming after the trifecta of seriousness that was Casino Royale (excellent), Quantum of Solace (eh), and Skyfall (see previous statements).
Not so fast. In a recent interview, actor Daniel Craig states the he would like to see things continue mostly the way they have been established in the Bond films he’s starred in, and avoid the campiness of the past. Says Craig,
“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony, and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche. I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well, so I don’t do it.”
Even with these statements, I think that if you read between the lines the actor would be willing to have some fun with the role after all the seriousness that made up reestablishing the famous spy character with him in the driver’s seat. There’s still be serious matters to attend to, but the banter between Craig’s Bond, Q and Moneypenny should breathe a little more humor and humility into his interpretation. It’ll be awhile before we find out, as the next Bond film won’t hit theaters until almost the end of 2015.