What a difference a few years make: in 2006, Daniel Craig was the future of the Bond franchise, a rugged, thuggish, and thoroughly modern sex symbol. (His iconic, super-buff bod in swim trunks left millions both shaken and stirred.) Casino Royale and the 2008 follow-up Quantum of Solace did massive global box-office. So, of course, a third film would be a no-brainer, right? Nope. MGM’s in debt, there have been behind-the-scenes creative differences, and the third film has been put on hold. Or maybe even on ice. Mr. Craig tells The Los Angeles Times, “It is what it is. Unless MGM can sort themselves out, we can’t make a movie. It’s hard to talk about things that aren’t happening. There will be more to say when things are happening. I’m really keen to get going, it’s as simple as that. And I’m hoping that, in a while, we will.”
If the wait is too long, the LA Times thinks that producers may dump Craig and go for a younger model, à la the Tobey Maguire/Andrew Garfield switch in the Spidey franchise. Could we see, in, say, 2015, a Robert Pattinson or Daniel Radcliffe Bond? Or some other hot young thing with an accent who’ll pop up in the interim?