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:

MovieYearPeriod since last movie
Dr. No1962n/a
From Russia with Love19631
Goldfinger19641
Thunderball19651
You Only Live Twice19672
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service19692
Diamonds Are Forever19712
Live and Let Die19732
The Man with the Golden Gun19741
The Spy Who Loved Me19773
Moonraker19792
For Your Eyes Only19812
Octopussy19832
A View to a Kill19852
The Living Daylights19872
Licence to Kill19892
GoldenEye19956
Tomorrow Never Dies19972
The World Is Not Enough19992
Die Another Day20023
Casino Royale20064
Quantum of Solace20082
Skyfall20124
Spectre20153
Bond 2520194

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.

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