Director Sam Mendes Now Very Likely to Return for 'Bond 24' Next
Completing my 23-film Bond 50 set and arriving on Blu-Ray this week is one of my favorite movies of 2012, James Bond's Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes (who we interviewed last year). We're still two years out from seeing the next Bond movie (possibly late 2014) but ever since Skyfall was released in November, fans have been anxiously awaiting details on the next one, especially because this last one was so damn good. Would Chris Nolan direct? Would we finally see SPECTRE? Well, while nothing is confirmed yet, a report from Baz Bamigboye on The Daily Mail hints that Sam Mendes could be returning for more 007 after all.
Baz, who is a reliable source and well-known journalist, wrote a post (via The Film Stage) that details how Mendes is currently 75% "of the way towards doing it." He needs "to see the finished script before he fully commits," of course. The other important detail - a few years ago, it was rumored the plans after Skyfall would continue with a two-part back-to-back story, written by John Logan, of Skyfall. That's not the case anymore, and Bond 24 will be a singular movie like Skyfall. Baz explains Sam "had initially been reluctant because… Logan was planning to write a two-part story that would have been shot back-to-back, which would have taken four years out of the director's life." But "that plan has been jettisoned" for just Bond 24.
Everyone will definitely be back for another Bond, including Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as the new Q. At the moment, Baz says that "Logan’s thoughts for Bond 24 are in the form of two treatment papers outlining a rough idea of the plot." So the script is barely coming together, but it's enough to get Sam. "I'm reliably told he's '75 per cent' of the way towards doing it." Sam is currently working on the stage production of Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory in London, which might be his break from Bond if everything comes together on Bond 24, which could start as soon as this year. We'll have to keep watching, as this could be exciting. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Nobody does it better! You only live twice. I say go for it.
Kelle on Feb 15, 2013
This is good news.
Chris Purdy on Feb 15, 2013
As a Bond fan I am extremely glad to hear this. Personally, my favorite Bond movie is Casino Royale. However, with Skyfall, Mendes found the exact combination of modern time Bond (ala Casino Royale) and classic Bond (1960's Bond). What I would love for Mendes and the writers to work on for B-24 is for them to take that classiness and modernization to the next level. Ever since Skyfall hit theaters I have had this idea of Bond (Craig) infiltrating bases (Possibly SPECTRE...?) and wearing those Black spy suits. I know it sounds too classic but it's what I would be lookijg most forward to see.
Luis Eduardo Ortiz on Feb 15, 2013
I do tend to like when directors change up with each instalment of a franchise but... nah this is good.
OfficialJab on Feb 15, 2013
This is great news! I do enjoy watching different directors tackle Bond, but Skyfall was just too good.
Nielsen700 on Feb 15, 2013
Skyfall definitely had its moments. But there were some awfully big plot holes and stupidity in the script. Mendes is a good director, but the writing needs a lot of improvement.
castingcouch on Feb 16, 2013
si1ver on Feb 16, 2013
If Christopher "God's Director" Nolan won't do Bond-24, than they have to nail down Sam Mendes NOW ! Any delays will push back production into 2015 and release into 2016,,, which will screw up the "cinematic momentum" and BOND audience's good will. ARE YOU LISTENING BARBARA BROCCOLI ???!!!!
BondGuy on Feb 16, 2013
No brainer. Give that kid a paycheck!!
bozo connors on Feb 16, 2013
I really hope they further reduce Bond to being nothing more than a bloke who hits/shoots people. I always found the older films too confusing and set-apart from countless other generic action films to be able to enjoy them fully.
Chris on Feb 16, 2013
I don't know if I'm happy about this or not. While I enjoyed Skyfall I think it's number three behind Casino Royale and QoS, in that order. I feel like they took a couple steps back with all the nods to the classic Bond films...
Bl00dwerK on Feb 16, 2013
Skyfall wasn't what I was expecting at all, I was in fact disappointed to some extent. The action didn't grab my attention, I absolutely hated the villain, he wasn't intimidating or the least bit fearful to me at all. The story was good, not great, and I felt the ending was anti-climactic. I love Sam Mendes, and respect the direction he tried to take Skyfall but it just didn't work for me.
$45974493 on Feb 18, 2013
Great news! The combination of Mendez and Deakins formed a gorgeous looking film! Now if they could just get some decent writers Bond24 could really be something!
quazimoto on Feb 18, 2013
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