Sam Mendes Confirmed to Direct ‘James Bond 24′ for a 2015 Release Date

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Sam Mendes Directing James Bond 24 Sam Mendes Confirmed to Direct James Bond 24 for a 2015 Release Date

We’ve spent the last two months waiting to find out if Skyfall director Sam Mendes would return to helm the currently-untitled 24th installment in the James Bond franchise. The filmmaker admitted to still being undecided a couple weeks ago, but today we can confirm that he is, in fact, going to oversee Daniel Craig’s next outing as secret agent 007 on the big screen.

Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were reported to have spent the past several months considering other candidates who might direct Bond 24, when it seemed that Mendes’ theater commitments would prevent him from being able to deliver the film within the original desired time frame (i.e. to make a Fall 2014 release date). Ultimately, though, the pair decided to wait for Mendes’ schedule to clear up instead.

Here is the official statement from Mendes, confirming as much to be true:

“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct ‘Bond 24.’ I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time,” said Mendes.

Skyfall co-writer John Logan has been working on the Bond 24 script for the past eight months (at least), so development on the project has been chugging along at a healthy pace even as Mendes debated whether or not to head back into the fray on a second international romp (featuring Craig as 007). Similarly, it shouldn’t be long until Skyfall cast members Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw are formally confirmed as returning for the new Bond movie; not to mention, we should be getting an update on whether or not Penélope Cruz is onboard to play the next “Bond girl.”

Sam Mendes Might Direct Bond 24 Sam Mendes Confirmed to Direct James Bond 24 for a 2015 Release Date

Bond 24 is set to open in U.K. theaters on October 23rd, 2015, followed a couple weeks later by the film’s premiere in U.S. theaters on November 6th, 2015. That means filming on the big-budget project will get underway by the first half of 2014, so we should be hearing some official new casting announcements before this year draws to a close.

Interestingly, the U.S. release date for Bond 24 is the same day that Marvel previously claimed for Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which is expected to be a covert agent espionage-thriller along the lines of the Bond franchise (albeit, delivered in Wright’s tongue-in-cheek fashion). That is to say, there’s a reasonable chance that Marvel will move Wright’s superhero flick to a different date – even if only a week or two later – rather than try and compete directly against Mr. Bond during opening weekend.

Let us know in the comments section how you feel about Mendes returning to direct the 24th James Bond installment.

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James Bond 24 (not the film’s official title, obviously) opens in U.S. theaters on November 6th, 2015.

Source: Columbia Pictures

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  1. I just hope the next Bond will have a better/more fleshed out plot and characters than Skyfall.

    • As a fan of Skyfall I have to agree.

    • Totally agree…

  2. I hope Ant-Man switch release dates then. That’s what I’m hoping for. And I’m glad Sam Mendes is coming back. I loved Skyfall, and I can’t wait to see what he will do for James Bond next. ;)

  3. Mendes was pretty adamant about not returning to Bond, I hope this signals that a darned good script has convinced him otherwise. Got my fingers crossed.

    • Think that may have been a financial strategy on his part. Yhrow enough money at people and sooner or later they’ll day yes.

      • Maybe, it’s hard to say. I’m sure the money’s great, but a Bond picture is a two year+ commitment and Mendes isn’t a young guy, so he’s gotta consider whether that’s worth years of his life. And keep in mind, when asked about it before he’d said he had a reaction that made him feel physically ill at the idea of directing the next Bond, so it’s a heavy choice he’s making and he’s well aware of it. Plus with Logan writing 24 and 25 together, it would seem expected that this probably means Mendes will direct 25 as well, or at least feel heavily pressured to do so.

        My guess is that we’ll get two more Bond films that’ll be beautiful and maybe brilliant (and better than Skyfall, which to be fair had growing pains despite being a decent film), and Mendes can have a similar situation to Christopher Nolan afterwards, where he can get any kind of film green lit after that, which is probably his ultimate goal. But hey, everybody wins if that’s the case, I ain’t gonna complain! :)

        • Thats makes sense, he’s prob going to direct 2 films at the same time. Like you said, it couldnt of been an easy decision, that a multiple year commitment 3-4 years before thr last one comes out. Good for him though, he’s the man for the job. Then, err.. Reboot?

          • Far as I’m concerned Mr. Craig should keep making Bond until he can’t walk anymore; I think he’s got the potential to be better than Connery. I’d be surprised if Christopher Nolan doesn’t get involved at some point, now he’s got all the time in the world to plan ahead, no pun intended… ;)

            • He is more accurate than Connery was. Better is interpreted in many ways as a lot of people are oblivious to Ian Fleming. If they weren’t, both Daniel Craig and Timothy Dalton would be the ones getting the most respect.

              • Love The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill

                All hail The Daltonator

  4. This is awesome news!

  5. I loved Skyfall. I don’t understand why some people seemed to hate it with a passion. They pulled off the realism angle with Casino Royale (My favorite Bond movie), but they utterly failed with QoS, and with the 50th anniversary coming up, they decided to revisit the roots of the series for a change, stunts and campy villains. They pulled it off, imo. With Bond 24 and 25 having a connected story arc, I hope they bring Quantum back to finish them off. I just hope they try out the realism angle again, with a story about a terrorist organization that actually seemed grounded into reality, ridiculous stunts would seem a little off.

    • I think the problem with Skyfall – or one of the problems – was that it was tonally all over the place. For the most part, it WAS aiming for the exact same sort of realism that Casino Royale was going for (I would argue it was even trying to be more realistic). But then there’d be a ridiculous joke or reference or something thrown in out of nowhere (the Aston Martin, the “I’m threatening to jettison you” gag, et cetera).

      Mostly, though, it was just a fairly boring movie. The plot, for me, anyway, could not have been much less engaging. And it didn’t make a lot of sense, either.

      Still, I loved that silhouette fight scene.

      • That fight scene in the skyscraper is a masterpiece. The design of the whole film is truly iconic (the casino with those dragons!!!). Yet the plot is such a frankenstein monster, individual parts that just don’t add up to a whole with less than compelling dialogue. I bet Mendes knows he can do better ‘and’ still make a billion dollar Bond, maybe that’s why he’s returning.

    • I can see why people like Skyfall – entertaining villain, beautiful cinematography, great acting, good action – but yeah, it was all over the place in many ways. The plot seemed like a mash-up of TDK and TDKR and it was worse for it – they tried to shoehorn in the same ‘fall and rise again’ plot by having Bond get shot off a train, and then act like he’d been out of the game for a decade. Then cue the villain with a ridiculously convoluted plan – which he botched at the last minute on his own because he hesitated with his finger on the gun. It just seemed to me like Mendes was trying to cram too much in and it suffered for it.

      To be fair, I don’t hate the movie. I just think it’s slightly overrated and only came off so well because of how messy QoS was. I do agree that they should bring Quantum back though, because that was an awesome thing to have – it’s big in a typical Bond way, but grounded in the realism that made Casino Royale great.

  6. Gareth Mallory: “So, 007… Lot’s to be done. Are you ready to get back to work?

    James Bond: “With pleasure, M. With pleasure.”

    2015 can not come soon enough!!!

    P.S. – Mr. Mendes, please please put the gun barrel at the beginning of the movie. Thank you.

    • Amen to the gun barrel at the beginning of the movie. I’m a 22 year old Bond fan whose first theater experience with Bond was Casino Royale and I REALLY wanted to see the gun barrel sequence! Didn’t get it in Quantum of Solace or in Skyfall (not at the beginning anyways). Let’s hope that now Bonds back to form, the classic gun barrel sequence will be where it belongs.

      • I liked the gun barrel at the end of “Skyfall”, but only because it signals the end of Bond’s personal struggles and introduces classic Hollywood Bond characters.

        • I agree with you, but I felt like we got that after QOS as first. After those films (the only Bond films to have a continuing story, Ill add), I felt like we were going to be moving on to something more “Bond as usual.” I felt like the after credits Gun Barrel signified that. With Skyfall they almost said, “OK, all of that character development from the last two happened, but lets do a whole other movie of just character development before we REALLY bring him ‘back’.” I just hope Bond 24 really is classic James Bond, and not more backstory/origin reboot.

      • Eltruman, that’s the exact same situation as me – 22, fan, got hooked with Casino Royale, even though I’d seen – and largely forgotten – the others that came before.

        Also yeah, that’s exactly how I’ve seen Skyfall – the “return to form” of classic Bond. Just as I’ve read before, maybe on here, Skyfall was the final “polishing” both of Bond and the series as a whole. That’s why I don’t think Skyfall was quite perfect – it spent half its time mechanically putting the pieces in place.

        Bond 24 – has a nice ring to it to be THE Bond. Skyfall had the potential to top Casino Royale (my favorite), but dropped the ball slightly…Bond 24 is where it’s at. Fingers crossed, Walther cocked.

        • I think the major ball that got dropped in Skyfall was Javier Bardem. Craig’s Bonds have yet to introduce a villain who is truly worthy of Bond’s cinematic history. Le Chiffre was the right villain for Casino Royale, but since then they’ve needed to kick it up a notch into true Goldfinger/Dr.No/Blofeld/Jaws territory but instead have misfired, particularly with Raoul Silva. An effeminate brilliant computer terrorist with a terrific name who is also a creepy master of disguise sounds great… if they’d cast Christoph Waltz. But Javier Bardem?? Playing another Anton Chigurh type villain seemed too obvious, but looking back that’s exactly what they should’ve done. The man needs a challenge worthy of the name Bond!

  7. This is some good news in my opinion I loved Skyfall and look forward to seeing the next Bond film in the biggest year for summer moves I think I will ever endure in my life. I can’t wait for 2015!!!!!!

  8. Officially my most anticipated movie of 2015! :D

  9. Everything about Skyfall was fantastic until the third act. Still a great enough film for me to want to see Mendes direct again.

  10. This is really good news. I loved Skyfall and Mendes as a director. His other films are great too. Looking forward to what they have in store.

    I’m happy to see that they’re waiting until 2015. Take time and make the film as good as it can be. There’s no need to rush it for a cash grab and watch the brand suffer. Skyfall gave Bond a lot of momentum.

  11. Am I the only person who found Sky fall boring and a waste of money? Can’t say I’m looking forward to any more Daniel Craig Bond movies.

    • yes, you are pretty much the only one.

    • I can see why some don’t like it, but come on. I find “From Russia With Love” to be extremely boring, but that doesn’t mean it’s a waste of my time or money. It’s quite good in the end.

      “Skyfall” followed the path of Ian Fleming without having to frantically flip through his old books in order to find a plot while at the same time had his vision collaborate with the early Hollywood James Bond. No one wants a franchise like this to suffer from the Roger Moore and post-GoldenEye Pierce Brosnan goofiness again. EON saw that when “Quantum of Solace” hit, learned from their mistakes, and went back to a good formula.

      Bond should not have to pull a gadget out of his pocket every time he enters a room, that undermines the purpose of what his character really is: an elite spy and assassin. A gun and a radio is really all he needs in times of extreme pressure, unless the operation is huge and even then Bond only requires anything for him to get by.

      If you don’t like Daniel Craig as Bond, you probably aren’t going to like anything beyond his era. EON found the formula that works. It honors Hollywood Bond and Ian Fleming in it’s own way.

      • I agree, there are some 007 movies where it seemed he was pulling out gadgets every five seconds, he wasn’t very elite. Skyfall and Casino Royale were great. He barely used gadgets in Skyfall and there weren’t any in Casino Royale. QoS failed because of plot. They went back on the old formula. Personally, I would love to see Nolan’s take on the series. I know it would probably be a far cry from Fleming’s original character, but so was Batman. It would be an interesting experiment, and a fun on, too. I appreciate the realism of Casino Royale and the Bourne series, and the grounded darkness of the Dark Knight Trilogy. I would love to see what it does for 007.

        • I only enjoyed “Batman Begins” of that entire trilogy, but I see what you mean.

          Nolan, and his followers can lash at me all they want, has a very different look on things that you will either praise or despise. Not everything he does is a Mona Lisa.

          I’d only prefer Nolan when Daniel Craig is done. Nolan’s style is psychological and we just had 3 films revolving around the mind of James Bond. 3 solid films (QOS is not the worst of the series, it’s the dividing line between good and bad). The audience understands Bond now.

          All I’m saying is there is IMO, as of right now, Nolan is not needed.

          • All of a sudden I’m hearing Skyfall was boring. Really?

            And this complaint coming from a lot of Nolan followers.

            Between TDKR and Skyfall, which flick was truly boring???

            I should have brought a pillow to TDKR.

            • Personally, I thought “Skyfall” brought back that tension and excitement from “Casino Royale”: not always in your face and mindless, gave you time to breathe.

              If it was boring to some, I would love to know where exactly. Not saying they’re wrong, but I never had a dull moment in every viewing I’ve encountered.

            • Kryptonic: If you are talking about me, I loved Skyfall and am not complaining.
              Ultimate ACW: I agree. Not everything he does is great. TDKR was flawed and I kinda hated The Follower and Momento. Inception is a very small part of the reason I want to persue a psychology degree. The Prestige made me want to google magic tricks for an hour, and Batman got me interested in superheroes. I don’t want him to step in til Craig leaves, as well. I want Bond to fight an adversary that challenges him mentally (a la Joker), as well as physically, I just feel Nolan is best suited for that. In my opinion, his narratives are a lot more character-driven,and though I loved Skyfall, but that was something it lacked.

              • They did that already with 006 in “GoldenEye”, and even Alec was no match.

                No one is on the same level as James Bond. That was one of the messages in “Skyfall”. The only thing that could best him would be something new he doesn’t know about, which in that case was modern technology Silva knew like the back of his hand.

                James Bond isn’t Batman. He knows when someone has to be killed for the greater good. That’s why he’s the best. James took down Quantum, an entire organization, in a bloody rampage. There is no Joker for him or else the world would’ve exploded by the time he was 20.

                That’s just how it is.

                • Bond does indeed have an opposite number who challenges him on every level:

                  Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

                  He’ll be back. It’s only a matter of time now…

                  • Who is ultimately crushed by Bond. Once again in in a different timeline where Daniel Craig’s Bond doesn’t exist, Casino Royale was a reboot. A proper justification of the character.

  12. You have to admit that 2015 is shaping up as a hell of a year for movie releases!

  13. Is Roger Deakins returning??

    • It would only seem reasonable that Deakins return as DP. Deakins and Mendes work together as a team. Skyfall, IMO, had the best cinematography of any Bond flick. An Oscar nomination for sure.

      Thomas Newman is also a member of the Mendes team. Hoping he will return as well. Loved the soundtrack.

  14. Some people are just getting too damn picky for their own good… what the hell was wrong with ‘Skyfall’ you armchair critics here!? It was a very strong Bond film, a damn good spy film. a bloody good action film, and an absolute masterclass in cinematography, how about you actually go make a film of your own before criticizing the hard work and efforts of others behind the anonymity of the ‘net! Mendes hit a home run with ‘Skyfall’ and about 98% of audiences agree, I for one am glad he’s back behind the camera, as I also hope the peerless Roger Deakins is too…

    And production on ‘Skyfall’ won’t begin until late 2014 at earliest (if by production you mean actual filming), giving Mendes time to make sure the script is as tight and as perfected as they can make it throughout all of next year, and considering screenwriter John Logan started working on it late last year or early this year, that should be plenty time.

    “So 007, lot’s to do, are you ready to get back to work?”… HELL YEAH, he’s ready… and so are we!

    • Northern Star:

      Everyone’s going to have their own opinion. And that’s not such a bad thing since it encourages good debate.

      On the other hand, I haven’t heard so many complaints leveled toward “Skyfall” since it was released last November.

      As a die hard Bond fan, I’m 100% with you. I never tire watching Skyfall on Blu Ray.

      Deakins’ cinematography is brilliant and Thomas Newman’s score was perfect; the perfect blend of old school John Barry and NEW aural sound scapes.

      I’ll finish by quoting Craig’s last line in the flick when Mallory asks him if he’s ready to go back to work:

      “With Pleasure.”

      • My God, the skyscraper fight is a cinematic masterpiece of it’s own. Deakins was robbed.

    • While I liked Skyfall, I definitely see why others don’t. As good as it was, I am still disappointed in it because it could have been so much better: More Craig doing badass things, less Craig being a struggling old hoot. A bigger Bérénice Marlohe presence – both as an influential Bond girl and more scenes with her; if she had had more of a from-the-inside-out role against Silva instead of just getting killed off later, it would have been much more solid. (But instead they just switched narrative to being about M) Maybe could have had another Bond girl too. And it was quite an event but not that fascinating watching Bond and a couple of old people

      I really don’t want that much depth of conflict and platonic relationships in a Bond film. It’s supposed to be escapism and badassery that I can imagine over and over again in my head or rewatch clips of on Youtube – even Quantum of Solace did that, with the wordless confrontation and fight against that assassin in the hotel, as well as the Operahouse fight. Skyfall had some good moments, but they wasted the opportunity to have more good moments by instead having Bond and two old people play Home Alone: Scottland.

      And finally: Why on earth would someone need to produce their own movie to have a legitimate voice in criticizing it? You might even say we’re the ones who are MOST qualified to criticize, because the movies are supposed to make US happy. Being able to produce your own film is not only pointless, it’s overkill. I hate it when people throw that out. It’s so obnoxious.

  15. After the (slightly undeserved IMO) success of Skyfall they was always going to move heaven and earth to bring him back on board…. and he was always going to do it.

    All the naysaying was to hike his price up a bit, afterall they’ve got a chunk of wedge in the bank now because of him.

    Just need to sort the story out, Skyfall was BRILLIANT until it got to London and then it went sideways. Be interesting to see the script, see if that was the point that the original production stopped and restarted.

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