“A relax went thru me,” writes John Logan about listening to Amazon used to be buying MGM.
John Logan, a three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credit come with the Daniel Craig-starring James Bond tentpoles “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” penned an essay for The New York Times expressing worry for the way forward for the 007 franchise within the wake of Amazon’s buying of MGM. As Logan writes, “With the purchase of MGM and its film catalogue, the web retail large purchased into the James Bond franchise. Once I heard this information, a relax went thru me…Bond isn’t simply every other franchise, no longer a Surprise or a DC; this is a circle of relatives industry that has been sparsely nurtured and shepherded in the course of the converting instances by way of the Broccoli/Wilson circle of relatives.”
Whilst Amazon now has a stake in Bond, Eon Productions chiefs Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are holding their “ironclad assurances of endured creative regulate,” Logan writes. What this implies is that Eon nonetheless calls the pictures relating to who turns into the following James Bond, when a brand new 007 will get launched, and the way a brand new 007 film will get launched (Eon has already pop out with a observation pronouncing Bond is for theaters, no longer streaming). On the other hand, Logan can’t assist however surprise and fear if this may occasionally at all times be the case.
“What occurs if a bruising company like Amazon starts to call for a voice within the procedure?” Logan asks. “What occurs to the comradeship and high quality regulate if there’s an Amazonian overlord with analytics parsing each choice? What occurs when center of attention teams file they don’t like Bond ingesting martinis? Or killing rather such a lot of folks? And that English accessory’s a bit of alienating, so may just we have now extra American citizens within the tale for marketability?”
Logan later writes that Amazon is “no longer essentially a champion or mum or dad of creative creativity or unique leisure. Within the context of the bigger corporate, Amazon Top Video isn’t mainly about artists. It’s about attracting and keeping shoppers. And when larger corporations get started having a say in iconic characters or franchises, the firms generally tend to wish extra, no longer higher, and the standard differential can range wildly, mission to mission. (See: the unexpectedly increasing ‘Megastar Wars’ franchise at Disney and the DC Comics franchises of Superman, Batman and others at Warner Bros.)”
“Bond’s no longer ‘content material,’ and he’s no longer a trifling commodity,” Logan concludes. “He has been part of our lives for many years now. From Sean Connery to George Lazenby to Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton to Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig, all of us grew up with our model of 007, so we care deeply about him. Please let 007 drink his martinis in peace. Don’t shake him, don’t stir him.”
The following James Bond tentpole, the Cary Fukunaga-directed “No Time to Die,” is about for U.S. liberate in theaters on October 8. Head over to The New York Times’ website to learn Logan’s essay in its entirety.