The amount to which the films in the James Bond franchise tip a nod towards comedy is a hotly-contested topic among the fans and production team alike. Some people love the wisecracking Roger Moore era, where the demise of every bad guy was met with a sardonic little quip, others prefer their high-octane spy action to be unsweetened with giggles, as they have been recently. And there’s no denying the effect the Bond films had on the scripts for those ’80s blockbuster action movies starring Arnie and Sly, which took Bond’s wry asides, injected them with steroids and had them delivered through clenched teeth.
So, it is with a certain amount of trepidation that we report that, according to Daniel Craig himself, the comedy is on the way back to Bond. Speaking to Yahoo!, he confirmed that the gritty reboot of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace has gone as far as it can go, and the new film Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, will seek to incorporate some of the charm and wit of Bond’s earlier iterations.
He said: “You have to have a script that has the bones of comedy. Comedy in Bond films, for me, comes out of the situations people get into. They’re exciting, and hopefully heart-stopping, and the comedy comes out of one-liners and things. When Sam came in, it was key for all of us that there’s a lightness of touch in the writing that’s not been as evident in the past two.”
Producer Barbara Broccoli agrees. “It’s got those situations where you think, ‘You could only see this in a Bond movie,’” she adds. “That’s where the wit comes into it.”
Daniel concludes: “We’ve got a great story, a great cast and a great director, and we’re making something that’s exciting and is hopefully going to move people.”
And if you can’t move ‘em, make ‘em laugh.