‘Skyfall’ Co-Writer John Logan is Penning ‘Bond 24′; Fall 2014 Release Date Planned

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Skyfall opens in theaters in the UK today and has been generating rave reviews so far (with big earnings expected to follow). Director Sam Mendes most likely won’t be returning for the 24th installment in the James Bond franchise – or any future 007 movies, for that matter – but Daniel Craig is signed on to return for the next two chapters in the 50-year old blockbuster series.

Earlier this year, Sony announced its plan to release Bond 24 in theaters by 2014 – before the Skyfall teaser had even premiered for the public. The latest Bond-centric reports indicate that date should be kept, as Skyfall co-writer John Logan has already been re-hired to work on the script.

Logan – a three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose resume includes Gladiator, The Aviator, and Hugo – was brought onboard by Mendes to revamp an earlier script draft for Skyfall, which was penned by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (the writers on the previous four Bond movies). Daily Mail is reporting that Purvis and Wade are moving on after five adventures with the Bond character, meaning Logan is the sole scribe working on the 24th film – drawing from a story treatment that is currently being kept under wraps.

The plan, according to Daily Mail, is to begin shooting Bond 24 at Pinewood Studios around this time next year, so the film will be ready to hit theaters by Fall 2014. Series newcomers such as Ben Whishaw (as Bond’s new ‘Q’uartermaster) and Naomie Harris (as Agent Eve) are expected to begin negotiations to reprise their respective roles from Skyfall over the impending months.

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Daniel Craig’s back as Bond in ‘Skyfall’

MGM’s bankruptcy was the cause of the four-year delay between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. It ended up being a blessing-in-disguise for the latter project, seeing how it allowed ample time for Mendes and his writers to fine-tune the script – whereas, on Quantum, Craig ended up having to help out with the writing process after production had begun (as a result of the 2007-08 WGA strike). That is to say: Bond 24 won’t experience a similar extended delay, since pre-production will be much smoother.

In the meantime, fans can continue to speculate about who might pick up the Bond mantle once Craig finishes his run a few years down the road. That debate heated up earlier this week, when the news emerged that Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba has indeed met with the James Bond franchise producers.

Skyfall is now showing in theaters around the UK. It will open here in the U.S. on November 9th.

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Source: Daily Mail

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  1. Idris Elba (a fine actor) may be featured in Bond24 but he will not be the next James Bond 007, and fan sites like Screen Rant need to disabuse itself of any such prospect. Bond’s background as outlined by author Ian Fleming, the world-wide fanbase that deign to accept anyone the producers feign in choosing to portray 007, and (most importantly) box office plus ancillary receipts. This is not a matter of racial difference (or options) but praticality and, naturally, common sense given the character’s genesis in the novels/stories and antecedence on screen. One may as well imagine a female playing the Mi6 bureaucrat then put on a helmet against the fallout. Bond will always be a white male Anglo-Saxon with some form of British accent; otherwise, it’s someone other than 007. Sorry.

    • You’re absolutely right. I also doubted that Craig would fit the role due to the color of his hair but then he did very good in his first movie.

  2. Thank goodness Wade and Purvis have moved on, leaving the development of the James Bond film stories to someone better suited (for where the franchise needs to go) in the foreseeable future. John Logan is among the top 20 scriptwriters worth hiring within that small, airless community of the film industry, as it now exists. The prerequisite should be finding a director competent to helm a Bond movie and not pointless experimentation in casting the central role. EON Productions previously showed interest but no willingness in producing a film based on “Jinx” as portrayed by Hallie Berry in “Die Another Day”; why they would now dissemble the DNA of their bread-and-butter protagonist is beyond any functioning rationale. James Bond is many things except fungible.

  3. All this talk about Idris Elba taking on the role of Bond. No. Michael Fassbender would seem to be the perfect successor to Dan Craig. But hopefully that will be awhile from now since Craig has committed himself to @ least 2 more Bond films.

    If anything, I think it would be fascinating to see Idris cast as a Bond villain.

    • I like the villain idea, he could be like a bond counter part. much like bane is an equal match to Harman (in nolans version)

      • @ Trey

        Exactly! You pretty much summed up what I didn’t go to the trouble of getting into. But yes, exactly what you said.

    • Henry Cavill would also seem to be the natural progression to carry on the role of James Bond once Craig steps away. But it would seem that Cavill has already devoted much of his time, talents and efforts to ” Superman. ” It would be too much to carry on your shoulders , not one – but two iconic characters. Although the Superman title alone is by far the more transcendent. Cavill seems to have a very bright future with DC and Warner Brothers. Whether he will be Superman in the impending Justice League projects remains to be seen. Nevertheless, he’ll still be Superman for the next decade or so.

      Of course Fassbender is also one of the busiest actors around right now. He alone was the most interesting facet concerning Prometheus.

      Oh hell, Skyfall hasn’t even premiered yet. It’s obviously a very special Bond flick and so I will center on Skyfall for awhile and eat it up as much as I can….. then, later, there will be a better time to speculate on this new era of 007!

  4. Can we please STOP talking about who should or shouldn’t play Bond at some future date (that is still years away)? It’s gonna be Craig for a while longer – get over it, or enjoy it as you see fit, but please stop talking about it.
    To this topic – I’m happy Logan is staying on, and while I have yet to see Skyfall, I trust in Sam Mendes’ ability to know a good script/screenwriter when he sees one. And then there’s the continuity aspect of having the same people involved in multiple films – and I haven’t given up hope of Mendes returning…

    • I don’t know why it sometimes seems that there is still some controversy concerning Daniel Craig being James Bond. Craig’s Bonds have made MASSIVE amounts of money. Yes, even QoS. And from what I’ve read, the reviews of Skyfall are unanimous in their praise for Craig and the film as a whole.

      I hope Craig stays on as long as he feels he can give it his all. He’s very cool as well as a fine actor. For me, Danielle Craig is the best Bond.

      I get very weary of people always spouting off about Sean Connery being the “best” Bond ever. That’s nonsense. He was the first EON Bond. He was cool. But now, after 50 years, Bond is multi generational.

      I LOVE and KNOW all the 22 Bond movies. But my favorite Bond is Craig. Hands down. Maybe if you grew up in the sixties and you love Connery as Bond, well that makes sense. If your first take on Bond was in the seventies then maybe you feel Roger Moore is the best 007. If so, that’s cool. But my point is that it’s all “generational.”

  5. This leaves the director’s chair open for 24 – Christopher Nolan perhaps?

    • The Bond producers have openly stated they would like him to direct.

      • Please, no.

      • I think Nolan would like to write his own movie with Jonathon.

  6. After all this “controversy” surrounding Idris Elba as James Bond, I’m convinced we’ll see that happen with as much certainty as we will see Daniel Craig in Cowboys and Aliens 2.

  7. I saw Skyfall yesterday in Belgium and I just want to say that is was the best James Bond movie I ever see !

    5/5 just go see it. :)

  8. Logan is also writing Bond 25, and the rumor is they’re going to be a two parter filmed back to back.

    And the last thing they’re thinking about is who’s going to replace Daniel Craig as Bond. There’s a strong chance Idris Elba is in talks to play Blofeld atop a newly re-imagined SPECTRE. Think about it. Logan himself was quoted not long ago as saying that Bond should always be fighting Blofeld

  9. Superman role- by far more transcendental? Well, I guess that’s a matter of opinion. Although I agree that preference for best Bond is generational. However, as much as I choose Moore as my favourite for sentimental reasons- having watched him as a kid playing the graceful Simon Templar aka The Saint (who was similar to but predated Bond by the way), I would be the first to admit that, save for his natural suavete, Moore may not have been what Fleming had in mind and thus not a perfect adaptation. He didn’t have ‘dark, cruel good looks’ as Fleming described. No. That would be Timothy Dalton..and maybe Connery on a lower scale. Craig,on the other hand, would flunk in the good looks department but hey, that’s just my opinion. But you’re right: best Bond choice is generational as well as sentimental and less of what Fleming had in mind. Craig suits 2000s. Apparently, dark/’badass’ is the new gentleman.

    • What you say about Timothy Dalton is entirely correct. Dalton was the closest approximation to Flemming’s Bond.

      When you think about it , Dalton was actually ahead of the curve, which is unfortunate. He looked the part but above that he was stoic and dark and had an intense edge. If Flemming had lived to see it, he would have highly approved.

      Now we have Craig who as you say is ” dark and badass. ” And that’s true. But so was Dalton. Whether Bond should be dark or fair haired is inconsequential.

      • * Fleming! (with one “m”) my apologies.

      • Dalton, very under rated as a Bond

    • I have seen a very very many bond films, not sure if Ive seen all of them! but I think what your saying about Fleming is correct about Timothy Dalton as Bond! BUT I HATED HIM AS BOND, I loved Roger Moore as Bond and Sean Conery was also A great Bond but without a doubt Craig is a GREAT 007!! As far as the good looks part I;m a guy and Im not too fond of judging a guy but I do think Daniel Craig is a good looking guy, MY Wife absolutely Drools over the guy and his body! Most if not all of the women I know think he is a STUD and would take him over any other incarnation of Bond over the last 50 yrs without a doubt! Personally I think Craig just plays the role of a badass agent and he is 1 smooth cat! I would love to see him play Bond for as long as he can, and NO disrespect to Idris Alba but I just do not think because we (in america) finally have had a Black president (which was WAYYY OVERDUE) BTW, WE DO NOT NOW NEED A BLACK BOND> NOPE NO WAY NEVER, NOTHING RACIAL!!! PLEEZ DO NOT TAKE IT AS THAT, I can just never see that and do not feel it is right! as much as I do not feel a black THOR would fly I do not feel a black bond would fly either

  10. Glad we agree on Dalton being probably the best Fleming Bond in appearance (though not the generational/sentimental best for most). With regards, Craig- I don’t think colour of hair is really the issue. Sure, he passes ‘dark and cruel’ excellently. However, I think Craig rather fails in the good looks department which is evidenced by the female outcry when he was chosen and only subsided when they saw him in beach wear. So unless Craig’ll walk around shirt-less as Bond, he seems unconvincing as a universal ladies’ man which is another Fleming criteria. Forget this gist about Craig’s Bond being crude and yet to develop the gentleman charm. If you don’t got it, you don’t got it. His thuggish looks makes such charm difficult to sell. Like Lazenby once said, Fleming’s Bond had a heart (he was sometimes shown as a reluctant killer eg The Living Daylights) but Craig’s doesn’t. Maybe he will eventually.
    Anyway, let’s say Bond is transformed to suit every generation. I guess this Bond depicts the current state.

  11. Director will be Matthew Vaughn, wait and see, big chum of DC

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