Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film, has hit $1,000,200,000 in global box office sales.
The idea that the 23rd installment in a film series could become the highest grossing entry by a huge margin. Even if you count this as the third film of the Daniel Craig era, this is still insane. Prior to this film the highest worldwide total was Casino Royale with $599,045,960 – Qunatum of Solace did $586,090,727 – and that was considered the benchmark of the series.
What was it about this particular film that has driven this insane amount of business? As I mentioned after seeing this film, I think it was the first Bond film that was more than just an action spy film. This one actually involved themes, character development and depth. This, by all accounts, was a real film and not just another excuse for Bond to blow things up and sleep with women.
The question now, of course, is how do you follow this up? If you try to force things, it can go horribly wrong. If you copy it too closely, fans will cry “foul!” They are going to have to come up with something amazing for the 24th film, and I don’t envy that task.