With MGM up for auction - and no buyer in sight - the world's greatest film franchise lies in peril. This week's cover story investigates what's next for James Bond, and whether Daniel Craig has sipped his last shaken martini.
Up until last spring, it looked as if James Bond would indeed return, but after decades of invincibility, it seems as if 007 has finally been defeated, at least for the foreseeable future. What's holding up production on the next movie is the sale of MGM, which went up for auction last November and still hasn't found a buyer. Then, in July, there was more reason to fear the worst, when London's Mirror reported a rumor that Bond 23's indefinite suspension had been turned into an outright cancellation. "No franchise can afford to be away from screens for that long anymore," says a former MGM exec. "You lose too much momentum. Even for Bond, it could be deadly." The irony here is that Bond has otherwise never looked healthier. The last two movies have together grossed a billion dollars worldwide.
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