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Apple and Amazon reportedly pursuing James Bond film rights

A new report from The Hollywood Reporter claims that Apple and Amazon are vying for the distribution rights for the next Bond films, right alongside current leading bidder Warner Bros. This represents a potentially huge change in the way Hollywood distributes movies, of course, and puts Amazon and Apple in the same competitive bucket as Sony, Universal and Fox, all of which have been talking to MGM following the expiration of its distribution deal with Sony after Spectre‘s 2015 release.

THR’s sources say that both Amazon and Apple are offering as much, if not more than the traditional studios for the Bond rights. It claims Apple’s new film and TV executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht are leading the charge on the company’s behalf, and that the tech giant might be looking to strike an ever broader deal, including potential TV rights.

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Apple was said to be investing $1 billion in original content initiatives next year, but the Bond franchise rights could be worth as much as $2 billion to $5 billion, per the report. It could set up the creation of a broader cinematic universe behind the character, similar to those being established by Disney for Marvel’s superheroes and the Star Wars saga.

 

This could still very easily result in no deal, or a different arrangement that sees film rights to go a traditional studio and TV or other content development licensing agreements struck with the tech companies int he running. Still, it’s an interesting window into what direction we might see streaming services take as they compete for creative real estate and audience eyeballs.

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Apple and Amazon reportedly pursuing James Bond franchise rights

Daniel Craig will reportedly return as James Bond

It looks like Daniel Craig isn’t giving up his license to kill just yet. 

According to The Daily Mirror, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has finally secured the actor to come on board and play 007 for a fifth time. 

“It’s taken time but Daniel has come round and the strong consensus in the Bond offices is that Mr. Craig is 007 again,” a source told The Daily Mirror. 

Craig famously said while doing press for the last Bond movie, “Spectre,” that he’d rather “slit my wrists” than play Bond again. But time and a lot of money can heal wounds. Last September it was reported that Craig has been offered £150 million to continue playing 007 for two more films. And later that month Callum McDougall, an executive producer on the last four Bond movies, told the BBC that Craig is still their “first choice” for the role. 

The Daily Mirror also reports that Broccoli is “determined” to get Adele to return to sing the upcoming movie’s title track. Her song for the opening of 2012’s “Skyfall” earned her an Oscar for original song. The movie was one of the franchise’s most profitable titles, earning over $1 billion worldwide at the box office.   

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The 25th movie in the James Bond franchise currently has no release date. MGM declined to comment to Business Insider about Craig and Adele’s involvement in the project.  

“Spectre” grossed over $880 million worldwide.

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