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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.

Tags: james bond, 007, bond games james bond video games

1/8/2014 11:16:06 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (6 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:35:18 AM
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Yeah but supposedly smart thrillers can't sell and you have to be shooting everyone all the time. (I don't believe that).

Telltale is busy enough I think, they are very talented but I'll start to play their games when the decisions matter.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:45:39 AM

"Yeah but supposedly smart thrillers can't sell and you have to be shooting everyone all the time. (I don't believe that)."

Sadly, it's very true. You can sell the smart thriller, but it'll never sell as much as the brainless action.

Example: Call of Duty vs. ...well, anything else.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:07:42 PM

yeah it might not sell as much, but I'm betting a third party studio would have had a very difficult time getting a publisher to fund The Last of Us with such a focus on stealth and drama and bam that sucker was gold for a new IP.

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trumpetmon65
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 1:24:28 PM
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It's the one game other than god of war that demands a sex mini game. Anyways, I agree whole heartedly with this a more intrigue oriented bond game.

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Masszt3r
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 4:04:27 PM
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I would agree on the more violent nature of Bond with the Craig films, but the Bond in the books is actually kind of dark, at least darker than Connery, Lazenby and Moore, though not as much as your typical action movie killing machine. Tim Dalton was the first Bond I consider to reflect this "darker" personality found in the books. I have liked most of the films, except for some of the late Moore era and some of the badly written Brosnan ones (even though Brosnan had potential).

Considering the number of deaths you see in other actions films, such as The Transporter, Red, The Expendables and any mindless flick, Bond isn't that much of a psycho killer. Especially in Skyfall you can see that Bond does have a personality, albeit in a short way. M's quote of Tennyson serves the film greatly; Bond is what he is, the one who is weakened by time and fate, but is strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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___________
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 3:43:41 AM
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spying?
in the movies?
HA thats funny!
that is exactly the problem, the movies have turned into the games!
im sorry but the last few bond movies are as much bond movies as they are love films.
we need to go back to the good old days where bond was about gadgets, and gadgets to avoid detection and to turn equipment to your favour.
not gadgets which are just simply designed to give you a nice michael bay film!

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