Daniel Craig says Bond movies should be shown in cinemas

Daniel Craig says Bond movies should be shown in cinemas

12/24/2021

‘Movies don’t look good on a phone’: Daniel Craig says James Bond shouldn’t be shown on streaming sites – after Amazon’s ‘proposal to make 007 spin-off films’

Daniel Craig has argued that the James Bond franchise should not be moved to streaming services, saying the franchise should remain in cinemas.

The 007 star, 53, hinted that Amazon’s reported proposal to make spin-off Bond films could spell disaster for cinemas, saying franchises should remain on the big screen.

Daniel, who played Bond for the last time in No Time To Die, argued that as long as there are ‘event’ movies that get the whole family out, cinemas have a chance of surviving.

Big screen: Daniel Craig hinted that Amazon’s proposal to make spin-off Bond films could spell disaster for cinemas, saying franchises should remain on the big screen

He told The Sun: ‘One of the greatest things that’s happened is we got this movie into the cinema, that’s where Bond movies should be.

‘They don’t look so good on a phone. They look great on an Imax screen.’

Offering some words of wisdom to his Bond successor, who is yet to be cast, he urged them to make it their own and told them ‘don’t be s***’.

It is not the first time that Daniel has spoken about the importance of cinema, saying he hoped that the release of No Time To Die, which is the 25th film in the franchise, would boost the industry.

In September, he said: ‘Cinema is here to stay as far as I’m concerned and if we can help in some way, I’ll be very happy.’

Cinema: Daniel, who played Bond for the last time in No Time To Die, argued that as long as there are ‘event’ movies that get the whole family out, cinemas have a chance of surviving

His comments came after it was reported that studio MGM had held discussions with Netflix and Apple about releasing No Time To Die directly on to a streaming platform when its release was postponed.

At the time, MGM quashed rumours that it was thinking of offering the film to streaming services for a $600million one-year licensing deal.

When asked if it came close to the film bypassing a theatrical release, producer Barbara Broccoli told PA: ‘Not for us. Fortunately, we have great partners with MGM and they stuck with us, and the pressure was tremendous on them, obviously. 

‘But I think we’ve learned many things during this 18-month period and certainly one of them is the sense of community, that we need people, we’re social creatures, and we need each other.

‘I think there’s no better place to come together than the cinema. And we are hoping this is going to be a joyful return for people to come back with their friends and their families to see the film and to again celebrate, after a very long and difficult period.’ 

‘Cinema is here to stay’: It is not the first time that Daniel has spoken about the importance of cinema, saying he hoped that No Time To Die would boost the industry

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this month that Bond bosses are reportedly clashing with Amazon bigwigs over plans for the action franchise.  

The streaming giant, which announced its plans to acquire MGM Studios in May, is said to be hoping to make several spin-offs from the film franchise.

However Eon Productions, the British company that owns the rights to the James Bond films, is against the idea, according to The Sun.

The publication reported that Amazon hopes to turn James Bond into a media franchise similar to the Marvel films.

A source said: ‘It’s very early days but there are ideas being considered including looking at prequels based on Charlie Higson’s book series Young Bond.

Spin-offs: His comments came after it was reported that studio MGM held discussions with Netflix and Apple about releasing No Time To Die directly on to a streaming platform

‘These are set when the character is at Eton. There are even thoughts about whether other characters could appear elsewhere, but Eon are dead against it.

‘They want to keep it purely as blockbuster cinema, which already makes huge amounts of money. Yet spin-offs could make it even more lucrative.’

The insider added that talks will pick up pace once Amazon’s deal goes through but Eon bosses are not interested in the changes.

According to an Amazon spokesperson, the deal isn’t closed and the two companies continue to operate separately.

MailOnline contacted Eon Productions for comment.

New deal: The streaming giant, which announced its plans to acquire MGM Studios in May, is said to be hoping to make several spin-offs from the film franchise

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