If it's crap ... We'll tell you
A few days ago, it was revealed that screenwriter John Logan ('Skyfall') had been hired to write the next two films in the James Bond franchise. Furthermore, it was said that the idea he pitched to Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, daughter of the legendary Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, involved a story arc that stretched across two movies. This seemed like both good news and a done deal, but then current James Bond Daniel Craig spoke up in denial of that two-movie arc news. Here's what he said when asked if it was really happening...
"No, I don't know where that's come from. It's impossible to do a two parter, I heard that someone was talking about that we're doing a two parter, but that's the first I've heard about it. We can only do them one at a time, they take six months to shoot. You can't write one movie thinking about the next. All we're trying to do is get the next one sorted out and it'll stand on its own and if I'm able I'll do another one after that."
But does this really mean the rumor of a two-film Bond story arc is debunked? Absolutely not. What's more likely is that there hasn't been an official production meeting with the cast and crew about the plan for the next two movies. It is also likely that Craig is concerned about his contract and is therefore more interested in each Bond film being compartmentalized. While it is true that he signed a multi-film deal last winter, the comment about "if I'm able I'll do another one" is a bit concerning. The thing that I find funny about this is how adamant Craig is that a two-parter is impossible when the last two films were sort of a two-part story. Now granted, 'Quantum of Solace' did a spectacularly poor job of finishing up that story, but to say it's impossible is to ignore the structure of the last two films. I don't think this interview quote should be taken as anything more than Craig's opinion and no indication that the news of how Bond 24 and 25 will be setup is false.
What do you guys think? Why would Craig say this? Is he right? At least in the sense that another two-part Bond story maybe shouldn't be attempted?