‘James Bond 24′ Writer John Logan Talks Themes and Classic Bond Elements

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James Bond in art gallery in Skyfall James Bond 24 Writer John Logan Talks Themes and Classic Bond Elements

Since Skyfall became the most successful James Bond film in the history of the franchise, as well as the first to break the $1 billion mark at the box office, anticipation for the upcoming 24th movie in the series is understandably high.

Getting answers about the next James Bond film isn’t easy, however, as those involved with the project  have all entered into a solemn pact of silence regarding specific details. Ralph Fiennes recently deflected questions about the plot by explaining that he hasn’t seen the script yet, but screenwriter John Logan obviously doesn’t have the same excuse.

To try and learn more about the next Bond outing, Empire tied Logan to a chair and used cruel and unusual methods to try and extract the details from him (well, probably). The response was a series of “no comments” when it came to questions about the specifics, such as whether or not it will feature other Double-O agents or the return of Blofeld, but Logan was able to reveal what stage the writing is at:

“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.”

If this answer seems a bit familiar, it might be because Logan has used a similar line in previous interviews, mentioning his plans to build on what was established in Skyfall in another interview earlier this year. The characters who were introduced to the rebooted series in that movie include Fiennes as Mallory (the new M), Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q.

berenice marlohe skyfall bond James Bond 24 Writer John Logan Talks Themes and Classic Bond Elements

The James Bond films aren’t limited to being direct adaptations of Ian Fleming’s novels and stories, but that doesn’t mean that Logan isn’t continuing to look to the source material for inspiration. While he remained evasive about exactly which books he’s drawing on the most while writing James Bond 24, Logan said that keeping a few nostalgic ties in each new film is important when it comes to pleasing the audience.

“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.”

One thing does seem certain based on this interview: both Logan and Mendes are serious Bond fanboys. Logan describes Mendes as “a loving, sensitive director who loves the material as much as I do,” and adds that writing Skyfall was “the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had on a movie, ever.

So, does that mean that Logan plans on returning to write James Bond 25 as well? “If I survive this one, we’ll see about the next one.” At least it’s a more creative answer than “no comment!


James Bond 24 opens in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015.

Source: Empire

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  1. Five to two that Bond still doesn’t get the girl at the end of the film.

    • Bond always gets the girl… he gets them ALL

      • It kinda doesn’t count if the girl is dead at the end of the film. Which rather disturbingly happens a lot in the recent Bonds.

        Then again, Skyfall didn’t really have a Bond girl as such and still was the best of the Craig Bonds, so I’m kinda over that trope.

        • Skyfall is effectively the only Bond (yet) without a Bond girl.

        • Judi Dench was the bond girl in Skyfall. Very appropriate and respectful for her last film as M I thought.

          Not the sex of course but the relationship focus was centred there.

          • Did you actually see Skyfall?

            Moneypenny and Sévérine. Two!

          • No not Judi dench, judi dench was just a person going with Bond to get her back in time just to show Bond’s home in Scotland. The Bond girl is Bérénice Marlohe

    • Bond did end up with one of his female co-stars, at work.

  2. As far as movie THEME SONG! Gotta get Olivia Newton-John this time!!!

  3. Still feel like Chris Nolan should be able to live out his lifelong dream of directing a Bond movie at some point.

    • Nolan can direct the next Bond reboot starring Michael Fassbender

      • +1

      • Yes!

    • Steven Spielberg also used to express his lifelong dream of directing a Bond film. If he never does I’ll consider that one of the greatest lost potentials of all time.

      Albert Brocolli told him, shortly after Sugarland Express if I’m not mistaken, to make a few more movies and we’ll talk. After that his next several movies were Jaws, Close Encounters, 1941 and Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. Kind of blew past it. I’ve always dreamed he’d come back to it.

  4. Chris Nolan would do an incredible bond film. The cinematography in Skyfall blew me away, especially the tower fight scene. I really hope the keep up the good work with this.

  5. Totally digging the direction this is going and the fact that Mendes is again onboard. They killed it on Skyfall

  6. I wouldn’t mind classic Bond elements, but they need to cut back on all the tributes and easter eggs from the previous movies and concentrate on making something fresh like Casino Royale. Just make a great installment rather than making a good tribute film. I don’t want Mendes though coz he isn’t good with action. The villain must also have good payoff this time. I was very disappointed with the way they handled the villain last time.

    • Wajahat, you and I think alike. I liked Skyfall and loved the cinematography, but Casino Royale is the much better film and definitely the freshest take on Bond. I don’t need or want gimmicky throwbacks to the old movies. The old Bond movies were quite bad in story, acting, and action. If we’re going to take cues from older films, then let’s look to Casino Royale. The action was far superior in Royale and Bond was a lethal killing machine in that film. It was almost as if he forgot a lot of his hand-to-hand combat skills in Skyfall. I was also disappointed in how the villain was handled in Skyfall. He was an awesome adversary, but seemed so underused. Bardem’s screentime was paltry compared to that of Mads Mikkelsen.

  7. There was a saying already that when if Nolan is directing a Bond film, it was going to be Tom hardy as Bond if Nolan is directing!

    • I hope that never happens.

  8. I dont mind nods and in jokes but i hope the stay away from Blowfeld. I dont want this to be like Batman where he fights the same badguy over again. Here is an idea: make the villain Blowfeld from the novels but change his name for the movie. In the books, Blowfeld was nothing like the way any actor played him in the films. That way they can do the character if they want, but to the audience it is a fresh villain and not another Joker or Kahn.

  9. Fleming’s novels and short stories are dated to put it mildly. Bond is a character who requires re-invention. If Skyfall is an indicator of what is to come, then I’m excited.

  10. This Bond will be different.
    No it won’t.
    We are really going to explore the character of who James Bond is.
    No you won’t.
    This one will be blah blah blah same old same old.
    Yes it will.