The aftermath of the September 11 attacks brought a change of tone. Craig's Bond, who made his debut in Casino Royale in 2006, is a darker, tougher spy who harkens back to Fleming's original, restoring sadism and self-loathing to Bond's emotional arsenal.
Although the Broccoli family won't comment, media reports say Craig has committed to two more films after Skyfall, with Bond 24 due for release in 2014 or 2015 — that is, if 007 continues to cheat death.
The most recent threat to Bond was a production delay on Skyfall when studio MGM filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
But Agent 007 is in pretty good shape for 50. Will he last another half century?
Rye, the magazine editor, thinks so.
"Bond, like diamonds, is forever," he said.