I have recently come across one or two online speculations about the possibility of turning the Bond franchise into a television program or Marvel-style universe. Apparently in today’s Sun – not that I’d ever read that rag – there’s a story about a ‘war’ between Amazon and EON over it. I was thinking about launching into one of my longer, arty entries explaining why that’s such a stupid idea and why the James Bond films should remain films, touching upon things like the specificity of the cinematic experience when it comes to films like these; but I don’t think that is ultimately necessary. You don’t need a Master’s in Film Studies to know that changing a cultural cornerstone as beloved as Bond would be ridiculous. While I’m usually all for taking things in interesting new directions, we have all grown up going to see a new 007 film every few years; to mess with that formula now would strip it of all cultural and artistic integrity. It would be a repeat of what happened to Star Wars, in my opinion, once Disney started churning out ever more derivative spin-offs. I’m thus very glad to see that Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are putting a lid on the stupid idea. Bond Films should remain just that: cinematically-released films about British special agent James Bond.