Update: The video has been removed, with Shankar issuing the following statement: “I have the utmost respect for MGM and the iconic character of James Bond, and although I believe my video is clearly a parody of James Bond, I will refrain from reposting it online out of respect.”
The producer of the much-discussed gritty “Power Rangers” fan film has turned his attention to 007 with the animated “James Bond: In Service of Nothing.”
Presented as a pre-visualization “motion storyboard,” the film centers on an aging Bond — modeled after one-time franchise star Sean Connery — as he struggles to find his place in the modern world, “where service to one’s nation is an antiquated concept.”
“I always wondered what would happen to James Bond in his old age and in our borderless world,” writes producer Adi Shankar, whose credits include such features as “The Grey” and “Dredd,” as well as the Punisher and Venom fan films “Dirty Laundry” and “Truth in Journalism” and the animated web series “Judge Dredd: Superfiends.” “I’m not referring to the Bond we’ve seen in recent films, that incarnation is closer to Jason Bourne meets Batman. I’m referring to the swanky, alcoholic, serial killer with mommy issues that we saw in films like ‘Dr. No’ and ‘Goldfinger.’ How would he find a sense of purpose in a self absorbed and impersonal modern world once his license to kill has been revoked?”
Considering the legal issues he and director Joseph Kahn faced with Saban Entertainment regarding the “Power Rangers” fan film, Deadline asked Shankar if he had any concerns about the Bond rights, which are fiercely protected by Eon Productions and Danjaq LLC. In short, he isn’t worried about it: “He says that he has a First Amendment right, that the business is changing at a rapid pace and he is tapping into what people want.”
“There is a changing of the guard, and we need to stop pretending that the people in the digital filmmaking are not credible because the audience is gravitating away from us and to them,” Shankar told the website. “You must be fearless, but the vast majority of decisions in this industry are fear-based. The fact is that more people saw Jerry Purpdrank and Britney Furlan on Vine this weekend than saw Will Smith in Focus. It’s not a knock on Will Smith, it’s a commentary on what’s happening in entertainment.”
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