Spoiler Alert: Next 007 flick will introduce Bond, Dad Bond
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Oh, JAMES!
Here’s a question to change the subject — from serious topics such as COVID-19, job losses and unemployment, George Floyd’s death and the nationwide violence it spurred — to a lighter conversation starter for a while.
Rumor has it that James Bond, portrayed again by Daniel Craig, will have a 5-year-old daughter in the 25th rollout of the series, titled “No Time To Die.” Actually, it’s more than a rumor, after the detail leaked last week in a script sale.
Good idea or bad?
Britt Ekland hates the idea of Bond’s fatherhood, insisting in interviews that the development would ruin the franchise.
It wrecks the fantasy, and double-O-7 should have double-no-kids, says Ekland, whose name was Mary Goodnight in the 1974 Bond flick, “The Man with the Golden Gun.”
James Bond — no relation to the 20 or so James Bonds who live in Wisconsin — should remain an “old-fashioned bachelor, she said during an interview on “Good Morning Britain.”
“I think that Bond should probably be a little bit more untouchable,” Ekland said. “He’s a fantasy.
Ekland alluded to the stress of COVID-19 and other global issues this year, saying, “I think after everything we’ve been through, particularly this year, it would be wonderful if they turned back in time and turned a little bit more to the traditional, old-fashioned, bachelor, pipe-smoking. You know I love a vain man.”
The film was expected to be released in April but was withheld because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. It now is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 25.
Oddly enough, the daughter idea was Craig’s, according to the Daily Mail, quoting a source close to the filmmakers.
Craig wanted to make Bond a father to surprise the fans, the source confided.
“Yes, it is true. Bond is a dad. Daniel wanted to make this Bond film the most surprising and entertaining yet. Daniel is older, and his Bond is maturing and looking at life through the prism of fatherhood,” the source said.
The daddy scenario also opens sundry story developments, and fans will get to see many powerful moments on the big screen, another source told the Daily Mail.