Movie sequels but with stakes getting smaller

Has happened a number of times with the Bond films.

Diamonds Are Forever (laser satellite made of diamonds to hold nuclear weapons stockpiles for ransom) was followed by Live and Let Die (villain plots to gain a monopoly on the US heroin trade). Moonraker (Bond goes to space) was followed up with For Your Eyes Only (obtain a missile command device). A View to a Kill (villain plots to cause an earthquake to flood Silicon Valley) was followed by The Living Daylights (buy arms to further the Soviet war in Afghanistan). Die Another Day (laser satellite to destroy Korean DMZ and allow North Korean troops to invade the South) was followed by Casino Royale (villain plots terrorist attack to capitalise on short-selling of stocks; following that, seeks to recoup losses with poker game).

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