007 himself, Daniel Craig recently submitted himself to an interview with Comingsoon, during which he revealed the following bits of information about the upcoming twenty-second Bond film.
Firstly, Craig says that the new film will not be based on any of Sir Ian Fleming's novels because, as the British star says, "There's nothing left as far as I know." He also backs up Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis' claim that the film picks up two minutes after Casino Royale ends.
But the big question is "Will the writers strike affect production?" According to Craig, no. "We'd basically have to start now. The SAG (that's right, the Screen Actors Guild may strike, too) strike starts in July. The writers strike doesn't affect us because we have a script. As it stands at the moment, it doesn't affect us." This is a slightly different tune from the one Haggis was singing a few weeks ago when he said that the screenplay was not entirely locked.
And, just as importantly to die-hard Bond fans, he replied to the criticism he received when he foretold of the new Bond film returning to the Roger Moore-style gags and antics of the 1970s and 80s:
I was lying. I said, "Yes, it's going to be funny." I don't remember saying that, but if I did, I'm not going to shy away from the fact the occasionally there should be humor. I just don't like gags. I don't like written gags. That's not the way I've ever liked working and I don't think that's funny myself.
The idea of having jokes in Bond I don't think is completely wrong, but I think the jokes to need to come out tension. There needs to be moments of humor because we've all been sitting on the edge of our seat. I don't think you should write gags in Bond.
Good damage control, Daniel Craig. And that's a rationale probably most of us can agree with.