Reddit’s Going Mad For This Bond Spin-Off Idea

Speculation about the new Bond actor remains rife, several months after Daniel Craig said, “I’d rather slash my wrists” than make another Bond movie “now”. The crucial word being “now”: this comment was made in October in an interview with Time Out, ahead of the release of his fourth Bond film Spectre, at a time when he was presumably fed up of the Bond schtick. All the rumour-stirrers seem to forget that Daniel Craig is actually still contracted to make a fifth Bond film, having signed a deal to make two more after his third, Skyfall, in September 2012.

Still, the rumour mill keeps on turning: Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Damien Lewis, Tom Hardy, James Norton and Aidan Turner’s names have cropped up since Craig’s ill-advised comment on his future in the series – and have spiked again since Craig reportedly told producers he was ‘done’ playing Bond and turned down a £68m offer to play 007 for the fifth time. All that, though, is according to ‘sources’, which appear to ignore the reality of Craig’s five-film deal.

Anyway, since all that happened, loads of actors have thrown their own hat in the ring to play a female Bond – Jane Bond. These include Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, while names such as Rosamund Pike, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan and Kate Winslet have all been touted.

But Redditor

has suggested a pretty good alternative: a movie focusing on the rise of M, Bond’s wry (and often exasperated) boss, the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, and now thought of by many as Judi Dench. Dench is the only woman to have played the character, but she held the role for a seventeen-year stretch (1995-2012), which is the longest ‘M’ tenure since the original M actor, Bernard Lee, who played the character for the same duration (1962-1979). Dench’s character died in Skyfall
, and it would be interesting to see a spy film the history of Dench’s M – a well-loved character.

What do you reckon? Would a series based on a young M be a good alternative to Jane Bond, or do you think an entirely new spy film like Hanna or Salt would be better?