James Bond shaken, a little stirred, but definitely not streamed


James Bond shaken, a little stirred, but definitely not streamed

Plans for the 25th instalment of the franchise to be sold for home viewing have been quashed

Tymon Smith

There was much Cassandra hand-wringing and industry exasperation last week as the latest battle in the war between movies and streaming services almost reached a point that many felt would signal the death of the big screen and the ascendancy of streaming as the new normal for film-watching.

More significantly, however, the whole messy business almost hammered the final nail in the coffin of one of cinema’s most successful, independently produced, longest-running, cross-generational sources of solid franchise satisfaction and globetrotting, over-the-top thrills and spills: Bond, James Bond.

As any dedicated follower of Bond news and fashion will know, the 007 franchise thrives on rumour and speculation, especially when it comes to which actor will next step into the Saville Row-tailored suit of its title character. But over the course of a weekend ago and running through last week the rumours coming out of the thumbs of Hollywood insiders were not about the future of the franchise’s hero, but rather its latest, as yet still unreleased, 25th instalment, the $250m (R3,9bn) Daniel Craig swansong, No Time to Die...

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