All through the coronavirus pandemic, blockbuster after blockbuster gave up on the cinema and went straight to our TV screens – however one franchise was just too enormous to take that route. Now, after infinite delays, No Time To Die is lastly coming to the large display screen. And Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film is as near a assured field workplace success as you’re prone to discover.
However in addition to a business titan, the James Bond sequence has at all times advised us one thing a couple of sure thought of Britishness – white, male, misogynist, and reluctant to surrender on the concept solely he can save the world. And as Amazon pays $8.45bn (£6.17bn) to purchase studio MGM and take management of the character’s future, many are sceptical that requires a brand new breed of undercover agent – one who would possibly even be an individual of color, or a lady – might be heeded with such a loyal and conservative fanbase to maintain onside.
On this episode, the Guardian’s movie editor Catherine Shoard talks to Hannah Moore concerning the historical past of the character and his evolving relationship to the cultural second, from Connery and Moore through Dalton and Brosnan to the current day. She explains the artistic and business constraints that make a radical reinvention exhausting to think about.
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