Amazon has announced its first James Bond project since buying MGM Studios, but it might not be exactly what fans had in mind.
Not quite ready to reveal Daniel Craig’s successor and a new film, the company is working on a new reality TV show inspired by the super spy’s exploits.
But, put your dinner jackets away, because contestants on 007’s Road To A Million won’t get to screech around hairpin bends in a custom-built Aston Martin, or parachute off a cliff while being shot at.
They will, however, travel the world trying to complete challenges set in some iconic Bond film locations.
And the winners will pocket a cool million. In other words, enough for quite a few dry Martinis.
Forget about gadgets and gimmicks, though, as producers say it will be “a true test of intelligence and endurance”.
And while Bond traditionally works alone, contestants will compete in two-person teams.
“In addition to conquering physical obstacles, the contestants… must correctly answer questions hidden in different locations around the world to advance to the next challenge,” producers say.
Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are on board, along with MGM Television, and filming is scheduled to begin later this year.
Reaction to the announcement has been mixed to say the least, with one quipping back at the 007 Twitter account: “When you said ‘James Bond Will Return’, I didn’t think you meant ‘in a tiresome reality show’.”
Craig’s final outing as Bond, No Time To Die, released last year to rave reviews and box office success. It was nominated for several awards at this year’s Oscars.