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|
|From Russia with Love||1963||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|
|For Your Eyes Only||1981||2|
|A View to a Kill||1985||2|
|The Living Daylights||1987||2|
|Licence to Kill||1989||2|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||1997||2|
|The World Is Not Enough||1999||2|
|Die Another Day||2002||3|
|Quantum of Solace||2008||2|
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.