Edge: James Bond will return. Until recently, that line was one of cinema’s surest promises. With 22 Bond films released since 1962, six actors having taken on the role and a gritty 2006 reboot securing the franchise’s place in the 21st century, the secret agent’s trajectory through the history of action cinema has always seemed as assured and unstoppable as a high-calibre bullet. And then, earlier this year, that bullet ricocheted off a wall of financial difficulties. Production of what was to be Sam Mendes’ Bond 23 is currently shelved (or, according to certain sources, cancelled) as a result of movie studio MGM’s ongoing financial difficulties.