Spoilers: This May Seem Only Tangential, but Kim Sherwood Chosen to Write Bond Trilogy . . .
I know this is being discussed in the literature thread, and if it seems inappropriate to post anything here, I understand. But it seems related to the future of Bond films, including 26, for several reasons:
1) The novels reportedly have Bond missing, with the 00s and M and staff doing their best to locate him while soldiering on without him.
2) The novels will be told from a feminist perspective.
3) Sherwood is the first woman tapped to write Bond novels (but certainly not the first woman writer associated with Bond), as well as is the granddaughter of Bond film alum George Baker.
4) Comparisons are already being made between Sherwood's recruitment and the contributions of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
So, it seems both the Bond film and book franchises have turned a corner, at least so far as revising the lens through which the stories may be told. This may portend for how Bond 26 does similarly -- that is, the "woke" concept as it concerns the presentation of women, for example.
I find it interesting -- if the rumors are true -- that Bond is missing. He's seemingly killed in the Craig arc and now missing in the Sherwood trilogy. To me, this suggests a continuation of deconstructing the Bond character, both as a toxic White male and, oddly enough, as the hero in his own stories. It's a wild possibility, of course, but what if Sherwood's first novel picks up where No Time to Die leaves off, and Bond isn't really dead?
While I suspect the Sherwood books will be treated as their own entity, separate from the films, perhaps there will be some cross-fertilization in terms of the broader ideas. At the very least, I suspect that if women are presented in 21st century ways in both, they will reinforce each other in redefining the Bond canon.