What, a series of pervy unironic spy films from the 1960s based on a series of postwar books aimed at an audience who gets hot under the collar reading about unrationed food and untrimmed clothes? A character who has run the gauntlet of irony and parody and passed out the other side multiple times, to the point where it's impossible to refer to the original work in isolation anymore? Time to die? Are you nuts?
Well, unironically, I actually grew up with the Moore movies. They were on TV every other Saturday night and even now, I love them. Yeah, they're probably the worst in every way, they're mostly kitsch combined with bad taste, but I adore them, I have them on DVD (I still watch DVDs, don't judge) and watch them at least twice a year, even when I know them almost by heart; must have watched each of them at least 40 times since I was a kid. Sir Rog has a large part to play, of course. But man, if ever there was a film series that needed to stop, that's it. And their attempts at 'go with the times' are just laughable.
I agree, it's had its day. I still like the old ones (I too am a fan of Moore), but it was already feeling a bit out of time towards the end of Brosnan's tenure. I enjoyed Casino Royale with Daniel Craig but he's never really been the epitome of Bond for me, and if they want it to be so different (as it needs to be in this day and age, and simply to be fresh), then it isn't really a Bond film anyway, so why not free yourself entirely of constraints that don't quite fit what you are trying to do with the modern version of Bond and the style of the films?
Even the old ones quickly built their own cross in trying to constantly one up the outrageousness of stunts and gadgets of previous films, and there quickly comes a point where it is of detriment to the series. But there was enough humour and pure entertainment to most of the older crop (pre Craig, and perhaps before the later Brosnan ones) that one could enjoy them, without them feeling totally out of place and time, or simply not like a Bond film anymore. It doesn't need to go on forever just because it was successful.
It's one of those weird things where it makes zero sense to remake it because everyone who the premise is aimed at died years ago. But then again it's 2020 and they're still making more films based on a scifi parody from 1977, so who knows.
But looking at the popularity of the films, they keep making more and more money.
I think Skyfall was the record, but also Spectre and Casino Royale were among the most profitable ones at the box office.
This new one seems to follow all the classic Bond themes, from villains about to destroy the world
to the sexy women and fast cars. The audience will love it.
Certainly the good Denis Villeneuve has an enormous challenge to do justice to this project; however, counting on his consolidated filmography, adding the enormous cast (very good headliners, here there is a lot of money invested) and the exquisite seasoning of Hans Zimmer in the musical section... the expectations as far as I'm concerned are high.