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?