I noticed the other day that former James Bond Timothy Dalton recently celebrated his 66th birthday. This got me thinking it has been some time since I posted anything about James Bond. So here it is in honour of Timothy Dalton’s birthday an idea for a slightly different Bond movie.
James Bond, now in his 60’s has retired and is living in Jamaica. For his last few years in the secret service before retiring he took a job training prospective double 0 agents. Bond receives news from Moneypenny that one of his former students (now 006) was killed on a mission. Because of the nature of the mission and his undercover status the body has not been recovered and a funeral will not take place. He receives a letter from the agent sent shortly before he was killed. Bond launches his own investigation and is blocked at every turn by his own government making Bond even more determined get to the bottom of what happened.
For added impact the movie should be made in total secrecy without anyone knowing it is about an older Bond. In the usual build-up an announcement should be made implying a big name star, but not an obvious choice (I am thinking Colin Farrell) will play Bond. He will in fact be playing 006 who gets killed at the end of an all action pre-credit sequence. Enter the real James Bond, Timothy Dalton. The film would be very plot driven with fantastic dialogue and the odd action set piece, very much like a good detective story. Along the way there can also be a subplot about Bond writing his memoires to the chagrin of his former employers (more on this in a later post). There is a great opportunity to Have fun with the dynamic of an older Bond without turning the whole thing into a joke. And who could direct such a movie, there is only one man: Quentin Tarantino.