James Bond has been around for a long time. He’s been in virtually every form of media. He, obviously, started off as a literary creation and then spread like a virus to almost every form of media know to man. He’s been in video games, comic books, coloring books, Pez dispensers, and, most famously, movies.
The James Bond brand is an eternally enduring one. Despite many misfires, behind the scenes fights, and near catastrophes 007 keeps plugging along. He’s the cold war spy who has out lived, out killed and out sexed every one of his numerous contemporaries.
Over the course of the film franchise he’s been played by six actors. Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have all held the mantle at one point or another.
Let’s leave the topic of Bond for a minute.
Technology is progressing at a rapid rate. We’re getting to the point with computer generated images that the uncanny valley isn’t an issue anymore. There’s been a recent spike in the resurrection of famous and iconic celebrities through CGI with key examples being the recent Bruce Lee commercial and Arnold’s 1984 physique being featured in Terminator Salvation.
These two topics have been floating around in my head for the past few days. Bond and the CGI resurrection of old stars. None of the former Bond actors are deceased currently but only Brosnan could conceivably return to the role in any real capacity.
And that’s when I remembered Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
It’s been years since I’ve actually sat down and watched it. I’m going to be honest, the film isn’t spectacular but it proves a point. It proves that an all CG feature film, that attempts to be photo realistic can work. Inevitably there will always be some uncanny valley issues but the film itself works.
I want to take the ideas of a CGI feature film, resurrecting celebrities through CG, and Bond and shove them all together.
Imagine a world where every two or three years you get feature film furthering the James Bond story, as we do now, but intermittently, either through a TV show or a separate series of films, you get James Bond stories realized in period accurate CG featuring the likenesses of your favorite actors in their heyday.
I don’t know about you, but I’d pay some big bucks to see a new cold war era bond story starring a CGI Sean Connery or an awesome coke addled 80’s crime story featuring Tim Dalton.
These stories could be stand alone, basically out of continuity, entries into the franchise. They’d be primers for the world of Bond. You could also emphasize the era that the original films were made in and tailor the tone to fit that. So the Roger Moore CGI entires would be more goofy and over the top while the George Lazenby ones would be… well, largely forgettable? Accept for the last five minutes?
I would love to see this happen. Is it a reality? No, probably not. But I can hope, right?