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When someone sits down to watch a new James Bond movie, he or she expects a few things, not the least of which are high-flying action sequences, car chases and OO7 dangling and/or leaping off of buildings as bullets whiz past his face. But can you really translate those thrills on a stage and in front of a live audience?
Well, they’re certainly going to try. Playbill announced earlier today that spy extraordinaire James Bond, originally created by author Ian Fleming, is being retrofitted for either Broadway or Las Vegas in a new show imaginatively titled James Bond: The Musical, which could premiere as soon as 2017. The ambitious and potentially catastrophic endeavor is being overseen by executive producer Merry Saltzman, whose dad, Harry, produced nine old-school 007 flicks, including Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and Diamonds are Forever. The plan is to have a fresh storyline, its “own Bond girl” and “several Bond villains, plus some new ones.”
Shaken-not-stirred martinis, sophisticated flirtation and even sassy back-and-forth’s between Bond and his enemies are all feasible on a stage, sure, but how in Dr. No’s name will they ever manage to emulate scenes like this?
Whoever ends up playing 007 should probably avoid reading too much about the injury-prone Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which left many cast members with broken bones and shattered dreams with its faultily wired stunt work.
As for the future Stage Bond, consider this a new reason to enthusiastically push for the casting of Idris Elba—after all, Elba does know how to carry a tune.
Seems like a no-brainer.