It's time to retire James Bond, so having one last movie with him 70+ years old would be a good thing to end the franchise (of course the producers won't agree, they're making too much money out of it yet).
One of the problems with the Bond series is the end of the cold war. During the cold war there was an almost romantic imagery of spies crossing over the iron curtain and bravely finding out what the enemy had for breakfast. With the cold war over, the Bond writers are needing to find a slightly different role for Bond. This pretty much leaves the good old psychotic rich guy or terrorists, both of which quite often need a ludicrously odd Secret Weapon in order to make things exciting, where as at least in the cold war days the enemy had believable nukes. Also these days certain events that shall remain nameless have led to a less than popular opinion of the intelligence services, also reducing the "coolness" of Bond. Perhaps he should retire, possibly after failing to locate the bad-guy's Secret Weapon even though he thought he was sure where to find it.
James Bond was supposed to be a WWII veteran. So I think he should be played by someone over age 80.
Or, they could make them costume dramas like they do with Three Musketeers movies or Robin Hood. People could wear period costumes from the 1950s / early 60s.
And maybe they should back off from the high-tech weaponry. I remember one of the early ones, from around 1964. Most of it was just good, low-tech spy work -- like stringing a thread across his doorway to know whether there were intruders while he was away. Viewers want to learn spy techniques that we can apply in our own daily lives.
Originally posted by Joe King: With the cold war over, the Bond writers are needing to find a slightly different role for Bond. This pretty much leaves the good old psychotic rich guy or terrorists, both of which quite often need a ludicrously odd Secret Weapon in order to make things exciting, where as at least in the cold war days the enemy had believable nukes.
Well, if the "assault weapons" ban hadn't expired, we could have a story where Bond investigates a criminal mastermind who conspires to engulf America in a campaign of terror and destruction by installing folding stocks, bayonet mounts and flash-hiders on otherwise-legal sporting rifles.
Yup, James Bond should start reflecting new UK! Well dressed James Bond in a London street would look like a sore thumb in the crowd, it would be more believable if he wears a Man U jersey or at least a can of beer in hand, shouting something obscene instead of mumbling those � clever � dialogs!