Even super spies like James Bond have to adapt to modern times, but that doesn’t mean future 007 films will head directly to streaming–despite the recent acquisition of Bond studio MGM by Amazon. On the contrary, series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say they’re “committed” to keeping Bond on the big screen, according to Variety.
Amazon this week announced its purchase of MGM for $8.45 billion, following rumors about the acquisition. Naturally, that led to speculation that future movies in MGM’s most valuable franchise might be leveraged to bolster Amazon Prime’s streaming video offerings, much how Warner Bros. has sacrificed several blockbusters at the altar of HBO Max thanks to the pandemic. But while Bond movies will no doubt stream on Amazon Prime in the future, it seems theatrical releases will also remain in the picture.
“We are committed to continuing to make James Bond films for the worldwide theatrical audience,” reads the statement from Wilson and Broccoli (who is the daughter of famed James Bond producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli). The duo run Eon Productions, which has been responsible for all but a handful of Bond movies starting with 1962’s Dr. No.
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