James Bond franchise 'could move studios'

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Sony Pictures could be about to lose the rights to the James Bond franchise.

The James Bond movie franchise could reportedly be about to move from Sony Pictures to another Hollywood studio.

The eagerly-awaited 'Spectre' is the last scheduled film for the studio and it's been speculated the series brand will soon switch to Warner Bros because of the close relationship between the company's Chief Executive, Kevin Tsujihara, and MGM Chief Gary Barber.

Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group Chairman, has admitted the company faces a stiff fight to keep hold of Bond, telling Variety: "The reality is that Sony's had a fantastic run with the Bonds.

"Sure we're going to compete for (the rights), but let's be honest, so is everybody in the business."

Sony's multi-picture pact saw the studio create a number of recent Bond movies starring Daniel Craig, including 'Casino Royale', 'Quantum of Solace' and 'Skyfall'.

Earlier this week, Jason Statham claimed he'd make a "decent" James Bond, but conceded his version would be markedly different to that portrayed by Daniel Craig.

He said: "Could I do it? Abso-f***ing-lutely. Would I do it? Abso-f***ing-lutely. Is Daniel Craig a great Bond? Abso-f***ing-lutely.

"Yeah, I'd make a decent Bond. But it'd be very, very different if I did it."


  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…


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