There is no question that Skyfall was one of the best Bond films ever, and was certainly the most successful. With Bond 24 due for release in UK cinemas October 23rd 1015, and US cinemas November 6th 2015, the pressure is on returning director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan to deliver something even better. They raised the bar with Skyfall, and with filming rumoured to begin in October, all eyes will be on what the makers can come up with next.
Speaking with Empire this week, screenwriter John Logan offered up a few hints of their plan, but was careful not to give too much away.
“Right now the first draft is almost done. I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam [Mendes], and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie”, Logan said.
When asked about whether returning Bond Daniel Craig would again be involved with the writing process, Logan responded:
“Daniel’s very involved. It behoves no-one to write a character that the lead actor doesn’t want to play, so having worked so closely on Skyfall, I have my own sense of what I think Dan responds to, as does Sam, (and producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson of course.”
Logan was asked about how the new film would follow on from the events of Skyfall, and in particular whether S.P.E.C.T.R.E would be appearing at all. Logan responded carefully, but did give some very exciting clues as to the themes they are looking at for the new film:
“There might be [a presence of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.]! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder. And when I’m working on the new Bond I’m constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies – what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances? One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that’s always been a part of my thinking about Bond.”
Logan declined to comment when asked about other Double-O agents, the return of Quantum or whether we’ll see Blofeld, however he did sort of say he would be around for Bond 25: “I’m just trying to get one done first! If I survive this one, we’ll see about the next one!” When pressed about Bond 24 being a two-parter, Logan responded with “no comment”
Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan. The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.
SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond film, took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.