We almost lost Skyfall director Sam Mendes to the stage last March when he told press he would be focusing on his theatrical commitments instead of directing the next James Bond movie, dubbed Bond 24. Eager to capitalize on Skyfall’s smashing success (a handsome $1.1 billion worldwide), producers managed to reel him back in to shoot the film later this year, aiming for a November 2015 release. The extremely busy director recently appeared on Charlie Rose where he discussed Bond 24 and offered a few hints about the future of Bond.
Previously, it was believed that Skyfall would be a two-part installment in the long-running series. However, Mendes has revealed that although Bond 24 will have a similar feel to Skyfall, it is not a continuation of the movie. He also noted that Bond 24 and 25 are not two-part stories. John Logan will return to pen both films.
We already knew that Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q — but Mendes now indicates that the characters have aged. Audiences have been chatting about the concept of an “aging” Bond due to star Daniel Craig nearing the end of his career as 007. He’s contracted for Bond 24 and 25, instead of the previously rumored five-film deal. The fan vote for the next Bond seems to go to Idris Elba — who could take the series in a whole new direction as the first Bond of color, but it’s still possible Craig could hang on for more. We doubt producers will make any radical changes to the canon just yet, but is a sure thing going to cut it this time around?
In 2012, Skyfall was up against Academy Award favorite Lincoln at the box office, but 2015 is shaping up to be a much bigger year for blockbuster cinema. The hotly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII from J. J. Abrams is readying for a December release. Joss Whedon’s second chapter in the Avengers saga hits theaters in May. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 arrives in November — and those are just a few upcoming projects. It will be interesting to see how Bond falls in place amongst the competition.
Dig into this interview for more Mendes on Bond.
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