For all of us who had been anxiously awaiting the next 007 adventure, there is bad news to report. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer is in such dire financial straits that they’ve had to indefinitely shelve their greatest asset, the James Bond franchise. This means there’s no telling when Sam Mendes may direct Daniel Craig in the Peter Morgan script which promised to shake off the morose feel of Quantum of Solace and give us the more free-wheeling Bond action for which the fans clamor.
MGM is reportedly nearly $4 billion in debt and they’re frantically searching for someone to buy them, and until they find somebody, they can’t get anything off the ground – not even a guaranteed success like Bond. Their stake in The Hobbit has pretty much derailed that project as well, so much so that the erstwhile Gandalf Ian McKellen is thinking of bowing out of the project. It’s already forced director Guillermo Del Toro to abandon his plans for it.
This is obviously not the end of Bond forever, of course. It just means a long, long wait until we see more Bond action. Let’s hope it’s not so long that Craig’s run with the license to kill gets cut short before its time.