The James Bond movies have a special place in the hearts and minds of many cinophiles all over the world. The box office success of the latest James Bond movie SPECTRE is proof that after 53 years of movies and 62 years of novels, the franchise is still viable and entertaining. The only rival for the James Bond franchise in modern cinema, based on duration, is the Godzilla franchise, which I would argue is less popular in English-speaking countries than Bond. I'm sure many of us remember watching Bond marathons on cable TV with our dads when we were kids.
There was something captivating about Bond that inspired the imagination, not to mention the libido. I know I'm not the only one who consumed the Ian Fleming books like aphrodisiac and watched the movies over and over. Many were inspired to enter the film industry or even the actual spy business, joining the CIA, MI6, or whatever organization your country used for espionage. I was inspired to teach a class at the University I work for called Ian Fleming and the Cultural Impact of James Bond.
Even though the movies and books are still extremely popular, there is always room for improvement. The fact that the Broccoli Family has remained in control of the franchise for its entire duration has led to an incredible cohesion between the feelings of the movies (for example the movies did not add fan service nudity like every other action film of the 80s or add pervasive swearing like every other action film of the 90s), so reinventing the franchise would be unnecessary.
But the following 10 suggestions would allow the franchise to stay fresh and remain fun for the next 53 years.
10 More Sex
9 More Realistic Gadgets
8 More Focus On Exotic Locations
7 Expensive Cars That Make Regular Men Jealous
6 Let's Get Back To Nostalgic Music
5 Juxtapose Humor And Violence
4 Bond Girls With A Back Story
3 New, Non-recycled Plots
2 More Memorable Villains
1 Cast A New Bond
Daniel Craig has done a great job as Bond, but nothing reinvigorates the franchise like casting a new actor. Connery's Bond films were starting to slide, no thanks here to George Lazenby, when Roger Moore took over. Moore brought the series back to greatness in the late 70s and early 80s, but when his movies started to slide, Timothy Dalton came to the rescue. When Brosnan's movies started to suffer, Daniel Craig came to the rescue. A new Bond always provides the franchise with new life, and while I don't think Craig needs to go quite yet, he is in his late 40s. Looking for a replacement should be in the works.
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