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Activision Announces 007 Legends
Next Bond videogame is a greatest hits

19 April 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Activision

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Following the Quantum Of Solace tie-in and the stand-alone Blood Stone, Activision have announced that their next videogame outing for Daniel Craig's James Bond will be 007 Legends. Surprisingly, rather than concentrating solely on Skyfall, the game will "revisit six classic Bond films", linking them with a new umbrella narrative. Skyfall will be where the story ends up, but whether it's one of the six, or part of the linking story, remains to be seen.

"007 Legends offers a collection of Bond's most famed moments in the smartest and most treacherous Bond game yet," promises Activision's executive vice president David Oxford. "Creating a storyline that ties together six popular, yet very different, Bond movie narratives has been challenging, but together with EON Productions, our developer Eurocom has pulled it off to create an homage that we think will be unique and highly entertaining."

Speaking exclusively to Empire, the game's Associate Producer Dino Verano explains that the greatest-hits approach was conceived with the fiftieth anniversary of Casino Royale's publication in mind (see also the new novel, to be written by William Boyd). "What better way to celebrate than to include various movies from Bond's history in one game?" he asks.

Which movies? Will we get to drive the Aston Martin DB5 in the Goldfinger chase; do The Spy Who Loved Me's parachute ski-jump; hurl a bobsleigh down a mountain a la On Her Majesty's Secret Service; or attempt The Man With The Golden Gun's crazy 360 degree corkscrew Hornet flip over a bridge (while trying to ignore an awful swanee whistle sound effect)? Will there be period settings, like last generation's From Russia With Love game? Or will everything be updated, like the peculiar GoldenEye: Reloaded, which for some reason re-dressed arch-villain Alec Trevelyan in fetching pastel golf threads?

Activision aren't saying yet, but have confirmed that 007 Legends is taking the first-person-shooter route, rather than Blood Stone's third-person approach. "There was a lot of collaboration and discussion between Danjaq, Eon and Activision to pick which movies to include in the game," says Verano. "There are so many iconic and memorable Bond moments to pick from so it was a tough process, but I think fans will be really happy with what we’re creating."

We can also expect the now-traditional multi-player aspect to be present and correct. "Can’t help but include the four-player split-screen," Verano laughs. "There’s nothing quite like being able to throw a handful of chips in someone’s face while they’re trying to shoot at you. I'll never forget playing the original GoldenEye for the first time with a group of my close friends. Console shooters were still unheard of at the time and there weren’t that many games that took full advantage of the four controller ports that the N64 had to offer. There were definitely multiple arguments on whether being Oddjob was cheating or not. We finally settled on the rule that only my friend’s eight year old brother could ever be him!"

007 Legends should arrive for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 in the autumn: sometime reasonably near Skyfall's release date on October 26, we'd guess. In the meantime, give us your thoughts on what classic Bond scenes you'd hope to see videogamed in the comments below.


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Your Comments

Choose your Bond?
would be good if you could choose which 007 to be, any video game using Roger Moore quotes would be brilliant fun. More

Posted by samdavies0113 at 17:10 on 24 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ughh....
I actually think the best game after Goldeneye was The World is Not Enough, but I didn't play all of the later PS2 era ones. Mostly crap though like Nightfre and Agent Under Fire. More

Posted by rich at 23:14 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ughh....
L: rich Activision need to stop with these. Blood Stone was awful trash. BLOOD STONE was actually fairly fun, but sadly it couldn't hold a candle to series best EVERYTHING OR NOTHING. We need to see another BOND GAME, with Craig in the lead, that has that same level of polish, that same dazzling scope (with missions that have actual down time and free roaming elements, rather than pre-scripted set pieces) It's a shame they've not tried a project in the vein of FRWL, though wit More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 15:59 on 20 April 2012 | Report This Post

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L: edjones95 The Boat sequence at the end of Tomorrow never Dies, the quadbike chase in Diamonds are Forever, the freerunning in Casino Royal, Goldeneyes damn jump/ending/everything here's quite famously already a Goldeneye game though and it was done again last year. Why do it AGAIN? Casino Royale was also done in the Quantum game. TND is a good shout though. I reckon if it's 6 films they'll do one for each Bond, even if they're all made into Craig. So Goldfinger aston chase for Con More

Posted by Osric at 09:44 on 19 April 2012 | Report This Post

The Boat sequence at the end of Tomorrow never Dies, the quadbike chase in Diamonds are Forever, the freerunning in Casino Royal, Goldeneyes damn jump/ending/everything More

Posted by edjones95 at 23:09 on 18 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
Too right, I don't think itl ever be topped. Only last week a gang of us got together for an N64 night, Mario Kart, Diddy Kong racing and lots of Goldeneye, nothing like strafing around the archives with your Dostovei killing everything in sight, easily one of the top five games of all time! hting01.gif] More

Posted by mightybeansprout at 21:37 on 18 April 2012 | Report This Post

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You can say that again. Even a "greatest hits" compilation will be hard pressed More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 21:01 on 18 April 2012 | Report This Post

Cash-Inny goodness
Hmm, top 6, that haven't already been done in GoldenEye Well, the Bond vs. Red Grant on the Orient Express would not translate well, especially if you want a four player mode. The ninja attack on Blofeld's hollowed out volcano lair would work though. Definitely Daltonator vs. SMERSH at the rock of Gibraltar, Oddjob in the vault at Fort Knox would also work - or has that featured in a previous game? George Lazenby's ski chase might translate - you could end it with a union flag parachute. F More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 20:59 on 18 April 2012 | Report This Post

15 years later and no one has come close to a bond game that rivals Goldeneye More

Posted by Chrmani at 20:58 on 18 April 2012 | Report This Post

Ughh....
Activision need to stop with these. Blood Stone was awful trash. More

Posted by rich at 20:40 on 18 April 2012 | Report This Post


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