Spinoff Would Be A Flop
Mar 28, 2003
The producers of the Bond movies have gone wrong. If anyone hasn't heard the rumor, they are playing with the idea of having Halle Berry venture into her own spin-off series as Jinx, the "ass-kicking" sidekick of James Bond in Die Another Day. As an avid 007 fan, I cannot see how this spin-off or any other spin-off would benefit the James Bond film series.
Why, after 40 years of success, would MGM want to jeopardize the series by staging a spin-off?
I understand why. MGM wants to "cash in" on the box-office craze of today's world. By making a spin-off with Halle Berry, MGM admits that they are making Bond movies for the profit motive. And, as sad as it may seem, I believe the profit motive is what is driving producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. This is horrendous! Ian Fleming AND the late Albert Broccoli would not even consider a spin-off of a Bond movie. There intentions were not to make a profit, but to make good books and good movies about James Bond. Sure, maybe in the beginning Broccoli and Fleming didn't mind the occasional million here and there, but when it came down to the bare-bones reason for the series, Broccoli and Fleming wanted to reveal the suave secret agent to the world. As the cliche goes, some things are better left unchanged.
I cannot see any positive outcome of a spin-off of a Bond movie to the series as a whole. Wouldn't a spin-off tarnish the great character that is Bond? Wouldn't it more likely have MGM and their producers focus more on a money-grubbing poorly constructed spin-off than a high-quality James Bond movie in the future? I am embarrassed to learn that producers would destroy the superiority of the Bond films to succumb to a bad spin-off whose only reason for being is to rake in XXX oriented Bond fans, who only see the movies for the occasional brief nudity and their "splosions."
I used to think that the Bond movies were a part of Hollywood that was untouched by the greediness that most of Hollywood possessed. A greediness of money that would result in the production and distribution of poorly made movies; making movies to make money, not to make good movies. However, if this spin-off actually does happen (which it probably will), my view towards MGM and EON will come to just that.
Unfortunately, I fear that this spin-off will result in the end of the James Bond movie series in the future. I believe producers and people at MGM and EON will see the Jinx series making more money, and will focus more on those movies than on any future Bond movie. Even though it would do well at the Box Office, the Jinx series will never live up to the legacy of the Bond series. We all know who the best Secret Agent is, and not even Jinx can compare to him.