Telltale: Bond Adaptations Too Often Focused On Killing
We're glad to hear someone say it, 'cuz it had to be said.
Far too often, video game and movie adaptations of the James Bond books have depicted the protagonist as a mindless killing machine. The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games thinks this is wrong, and would love a shot at making a real Bond game that's in the spirit of the original spy.
In speaking to OXM, studio co-founder Kevin Bruner said it'd be a "dream" to make a game based on the legendary 007
"I'm a giant James Bond fan and I'm always frustrated by games that make him a mass murderer. He's a super-spy, and that's a different skillset. The films make him less of a mass murderer, and there's not much killing in the books--more spying and intrigue."
We don't know if Telltale is currently trying to get the rights to the Bond franchise; we're not even sure which publisher has those rights. EA and Activision have held the rights most recently, but Activision's licensing deal supposedly expired at the end of 2012.
As for Bond, I'm in complete agreement with Bruner; over the years, all Bond-related video entertainment has become more and more violent, which continues to run counter to the books by Ian Fleming. We get that everyone's attention span is in the gutter and catering to the masses means constant action and less dialogue, but it's insulting to the author.
And Telltale might be just the studio to make a decent, faithful adaptation.
1/8/2014 11:16:06 AM Ben Dutka