The screenwriter of one of the best-reviewed James Bond films of the last 50 years is worried that Amazon will turn the beloved franchise into an “inoffensive shadow” of its former self if regulators allow the company to purchase MGM.
In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, John Logan, a three-time Oscar nominee who co-wrote 2012’s “Skyfall” and 2015’s “Spectre” said he experienced “chills” when he heard about the deal:
The reason we’re still watching Bond movies after more than 50 years is that the family has done an extraordinary job of protecting the character through the thickets of moviemaking and changing public tastes. Corporate partners come and go, but James Bond endures. He endures precisely because he is being protected by people who love him…
What happens if a bruising corporation like Amazon begins to demand a voice in the process? What happens to the comradeship and quality control if there’s an Amazonian overlord with analytics parsing