Why is Bond #25 Taking So Long?

I’ve heard this question a few times, lately.

It’s an understandable concern for James Bond fans.

  • Daniel Craig has been off-and-then-on,
  • The director’s chair is the centre of a fast game of musical chairs,
  • Fans are royally pissed that Thomas Newman hasn’t been tapped again to compose the score.
  • Distribution was up in the air for months.
  • Funding has been on and off, too.

Given the speed and enthusiasm with which Marvel pumps out their mega-runaway-franchise, and that fans have no problem with at least one superhero movie a year, I do actually have to scratch my head over why anyone would waffle over the production of another James Bond film, especially since Daniel Craig has refreshed the franchise and given it new legs.

However, the movie has been slated for release in 2019, putting four years between the currently unnamed #25, and the previous movie, Spectre, in 2015.

That seems like a long time, but it’s actually not.  Consider:

Movie Year Period since last movie
Dr. No 1962 n/a
From Russia with Love 1963 1
Goldfinger 1964 1
Thunderball 1965 1
You Only Live Twice 1967 2
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1969 2
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 2
Live and Let Die 1973 2
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 1
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 3
Moonraker 1979 2
For Your Eyes Only 1981 2
Octopussy 1983 2
A View to a Kill 1985 2
The Living Daylights 1987 2
Licence to Kill 1989 2
GoldenEye 1995 6
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 2
The World Is Not Enough 1999 2
Die Another Day 2002 3
Casino Royale 2006 4
Quantum of Solace 2008 2
Skyfall 2012 4
Spectre 2015 3
Bond 25 2019 4

Looked at this way, you can see that since 1990, a four year pause between Bond movies isn’t even unusual.

By the way, the average length of time between all twenty-five movies is 2.37 years, but every-second-year-without-fail pace of the ’80s is dropping that down.

Which ever way you look at it, 2019 for the anticipated 25th movie isn’t out of the ordinary all.

Alas.