And the new James Bond film is…

No Time to Die. It’ll be the last film starring Daniel Craig as Bond, and I hope it gives him a good send off as Craig has been excellent.

 

But a new Bond film brings criticism from the regressive right wing who see attemptsĀ  to make Bond fit in better to 21st century tastes, and from the wokiestwoke of the left who see Bond as a sexist dinosaur who should be scrapped. Both miss the fact Bond is a fantasy, and that he is a bastard. That’s the point. You couldn’t be a state-endorsed killer if you were a nice guy but the cold, chilling thug of the books would find it hard to operate in the 21st century.

Plus the spectre of John Wick looms over every single action film these days. A film where a brutal killer is out for revenge because his dog was killed resets the action film and so Bond has to change to reflect that while at the same time still being recognisably Bond. The films have sort of done it, but not as well as Warren Ellis’s recent run of comics which managed to marry every version of Bond out there into a 007 for the 21st century.

But a new Bond film brings the same old bleatings from people who haven’t realised that Bond has changed, and that as a character he’s not going away while there’s billions to be made and stories to be told.