As the long wait continues for news regarding Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, fans cannot overstate the legacy of a franchise now developing its 25th official entry.
Spanning more than fifty years and featuring six different actors in the role, the films have survived for so long due to their continuing ability to adapt to cultural trends.
Of course, certain elements of the Bond films remain a constant. When we sit down to watch the latest 007 adventure, there are boxes that we thoroughly expect to be ticked with respect to the traditions of the series.
While rightly lauded for his tour-de-force performance, Craig’s era is notable for its efforts to creatively subvert traditional facets of 007 films, from stylistic details to the very nature of the storytelling.
While some moves have doubtlessly been refreshing, others have taken the films in divisive directions that leave fans clamouring for a return to certain components of the formula that defines cinematic James Bond for so many.
If the Bond films were rebooted in 2006 to chart 007’s journey from his early days, the culmination of Craig’s tenure needs to include these essential signifiers that James Bond, in all its glory, has truly returned.