Bond is a chameleon. I mean that both on the character side of things and the franchise end. Bond changes to fit the time in which he’s currently living. Bond in the 80’s is completely different from the 70’s and the 90’s. It’s just a fact. Bond re-molds himself to be what the times need.
One of the trademark elements of the early Bond pictures was the ironic sense of wit. Daniel Craig’s Bond doesn’t really have that. He’s more dark and brooding. Daniel Craig is really good at the dark and brooding.
When speaking to Vulture about the next Bond installment Craig had this to say about the films tone:
“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche. I can’t do shtick, I’m not very good at it. Unless it kind of suddenly makes sense. Does that make sense? I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well, so I don’t do it.”
I’d be very surprised to see the franchise take this direction. This smacks of ‘the grass is always greener’ to me. Craig’s Bond is firmly entrenched in the grim and gritty side of things.
Bond 24 comes out summer 2015. Here’s hoping it’s as good as Skyfall.