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Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema Recruited by MI6 for 'Bond 24'

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September 17, 2014
Source: In Contention

Hoyte van Hoytema

Here's your dose of awesome news for the day. After working on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Spike Jonze's Her, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is set to work on Eon's Bond 24 next. With shooting confirmed to start in December this year despite script delays, production is coming together and that includes solidifying the crew for the next Bond movie. We know that Sam Mendes from Skyfall is back at the helm, which is also great news. But instead of bringing back Roger Deakins, who earned another Oscar nomination for his work on Skyfall, Mendes is working with Hoyte van Hoytema on this next one. To top it off, there's a possibility he may even shoot on film. Which sounds like the right decision for this franchise.

This latest report on Bond 24 comes from Kris Tapley at In Contention, where they've been following his career closely. In the post about Hoytema, they mention that "I can't confirm it but I've heard that the Bond series will also be going back to film with this installment. Van Hoytema obviously shot Interstellar on film, given that Nolan remains one of the most outspoken worshippers of celluloid there is, as well as Tinker Tailor." I'm sure film will make the next Bond movie look gorgeous again, which is expected no matter what.

After Interstellar, Swiss cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema will undoubtedly be a very major name in the industry. His work before Her and Interstellar includes: Let the Right One In, The Girl, The Fighter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I honestly believe that Skyfall was one of the best looking Bond films ever made, and it's going to be hard to live up to what Deakins did with that one. However, if there's anyone that can give Deakins a run for his money, it's Hoyte van Hoytema and I'm genuinely already excited to see his work with Agent 007. Ever since Skyfall showed us how stellar a modern Bond movie can be, I've been impatient for this next one - due in theaters November 2015. And I'm glad to see a talented crew coming together.

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  • AJ
    Her was my introduction to Hoyt's cinematography, and it was fantastic. Skyfall was excellent eye candy, and I hope this next installment would be same if not better.
  • jay
    I immediately thought about how hard it would be to follow up photography on a film whos predecessor was shot by THE roger deacons, but then I saw this guy's resume. WOW, im sure it will be a beautiful flick!
  • Zen
    Won't this be Bond 25?
    • Chris Groves
      Well, I think it depends on whether or not one includes "Never Say Never Again" or whatever that 80s Bond film that saw Connery return to the role was. That film wasn't officially produced by Eon...so for a long time it was considered an "unofficial" Bond entry.
    • By official Eon count it's Bond 24, but as Chris said, if you're including Never Say Never Again maybe you're count is a bit different.
  • DAVIDPD
    This is a great pick. I can't wait for some more scoop from this film.

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