Right after the announcement of the purchase of MGM by Amazon, that many media illustrated using images of James Bond –The jewel in the crown in the list of intellectual properties that the e-commerce giant acquired with the multi-million dollar transaction–, in the British Eon Productions they rushed to issue a statement that made clear the cinematic future of the secret agent licensed to kill.
Barbara Broccoli Y Michael G. Wilson, the producers who drive the creative decisions of the franchise based on agent 007 created by Ian Fleming, They were quick to make it clear that Amazon’s outlay does not affect their plans to keep the James Bond saga as a cinematic product intended primarily for theaters, not streaming.
“Our commitment continues being that the films of James Bond reach the cinemas of all the world”, assure Broccoli and Wilson in a statement that they have sent to Variety.
Hence, the next Bond movie –No time to die, the last intervention of Daniel Craig in the saga – maintains its current film release plans, waiting to see if, from its new position, Amazon can negotiate with Eon a special window for his arrival at Amazon Prime Video, where he will of course be once his tour ends by movie theaters.
No time to die It had planned to be released in April 2020, but due to the covid-19 pandemic it suffered numerous delays until it secured a final release date, this time it seems definitive, on October 1 in Spanish cinemas.
Eon Productions maintains control over the James Bond films since the first official adaptation, Agent 007 vs. Dr. No (1962), when the producers Albert R. Broccoli Y Harry Saltzman they teamed up to buy Fleming the rights. They had financial support from United Artists, Independent studio that MGM bought decades later, in 1981, when they were on the brink of bankruptcy.
This is how MGM obtained the rights to the production and distribution of the James Bond films, the profits of which it shares with Eon. However, it is the British, now Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who have the last word in the creative decisions – for example, the choice of who will take over from Daniel Craig – the distribution and marketing plans.