‘James Bond 24′ to Begin Filming This October

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Ralph Fiennes as M in Skyfall James Bond 24 to Begin Filming This October

Among the many, many, many sequels arriving in theaters next year is American Beauty director Sam Mendes’ second outing in the James Bond franchise: a project that is currently dubbed James Bond 24 but will hopefully acquire a more catchy-sounding title before release.

At this point in time, everyone involved in the next James Bond movie is being extremely coy about it, with screenwriter John Logan joking (at least, we think he was joking) that if he gave anything away, “Sam would rappel through the window and kill me.” It does, however, look like¬†James Bond 24 will return to the franchise’s roots a little more, with Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) both reinstated during Skyfall and Ralph Fiennes’ Mallory taking up the mantle of M.

Fiennes himself was similarly cagey in an interview with MTV, though his explanation is that he hasn’t read Logan’s script yet and, if he had, “They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.” The actor was able to give away one tidbit of information, however: James Bond 24 will begin filming in October this year.

skyfall harris moneypenny James Bond 24 to Begin Filming This October

With a release date set for November 2015 (wisely avoiding the crazy summer schedule and Star Wars Month), this gives James Bond 24 over a year between its production start and distribution: a pretty healthy time frame to be working with. Whishaw has signed on to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic and Craig may end up reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist if The Girl Who Played With Fire ever gains momentum again, but other than that there isn’t much that will cause James Bond 24 scheduling problems.

Skyfall was the most successful James Bond movie so far, breaking the $1 billion mark at the box office, which means it will be even more challenging to top that with the next film. The movies tend to truly thrive when there’s a really great villain for Bond to go up against, so let’s hope that Logan has someone special in mind.


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

Source: MTV

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  1. Can’t wait, I just hope it’s better than Skyfall. It’s weird how I liked Quantam Of Solace but saw Skyfall as a couple of hours of nothing. If you forget Javier Bardem’s impersonation of David Walliams during the interrogation scene.

    The final act was pretty cool though. Those are the only things I remember though.

    • Weird. I felt the exact opposite with Quantum of Solace. I found THAT movie to be bland and inconsequential. It felt like a check list for action movies. Car Chase, Foot Chase, Boat Chase, Plane Chase, Rogue Agent, etc. I also found the villain to be uncharismatic and wimpy. It wasn’t the worst Bond movie, but I feel it’s among the lower tier.

      • Reading your comment, you clearly don’t understand how Bond works.

        The Broccoli family dynasty simply apes the most popular blockbuster from the previous year, especially if it had British talent involved.

        Every James Bond movie can be directly traced to the movie it is aping. For example Moonraker was the Bond response to Star Wars.

        Skyfall was the Bond response to the Nolan batman films. Since Mendes is coming back to the chair, I predict he will try to out-do Nolan again.

        • Interesting…

        • So are you telling me we’re going to get a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed Bond? Interesting indeed.

          But I do see the trend. Casino Royale was a beast of its own though.

      • I like quantum but honestly it was skyfall that held my attention.. it brought MGM studios out of bankruptcy.

  2. Bardem has literally raised the bar for Bond Villains.
    He’s gonna be a tough act to follow. I wonder which actor will play the next Bond villain ?
    A female villain perhaps ? I believe Elektra King (Sophie Marceu) played the last female villain in The World is Not Enough.

    • ..And that worked out GREAT. (lol)

      • The problems with that movie do not have to do with having a female mastermind villain.

        Here are a few, imo.
        #1 It was set in a part of the world that few people know anything about.
        #2 It dealt with gas and oil pipelines which very few people realize cause a great deal of international wrangling.
        #3 It had Denise Richards as a Nuclear Physicist.
        #4 Early CGI.

        • If they ever decided to go with a Female Bond villain, my vote goes to Angelina Jolie.
          She will steal every scenes in that movie.

    • Which literal bar was raised? Was it a steel bar, to help build their villain lair? Or a Kit Kat bar that he raised for other villains to munch on, perhaps?

  3. Really hope for a script that makes sense this time, loosing faith after the last two.

    • Skyfall made sense, barring the fact that nobody gave Bond a routine medical exam or noticed he still had the bullet in him.

  4. The next villain should be played by Leonardo Decaprio!

    • As himself. haha.

  5. I am a fan of Fiennes but think I will miss Dench as M…still I am excited for the next Bond especially with Mendes at the helm.

  6. That’s good that its a sequel to Skyfall and the bond 24 and 25 is a built-u to what they did in Skyfall, but I just went to hope it’s not exactly like Skyfall cause one scenery plot is enough, but yes keep continuing what happens later after Skyfall. Hope Benedict Cumberbatch is the main villain, But not to Blofeld, just the main bad guy of the story, and I hope the Gunbarrel sequence is back at the beginning!

    • The fact that the production is so hushed makes me think that they may bring back a villain from Bond’s past.

    • I agree wholeheartedly with your comment about the Gun Barrel Sequence.
      I am a 23 year old Bond fan and I grew up watching them with my dad. The first one I ever saw in theaters was Casino Royale. I was excited to go see Bond on the big screen and was disappointed that the classic sequence was not at the beginning. The next 2 disappointed in the same way, though at least they had them at the end of the movies.

      I am hoping that a return to more classic Bond elements (Male M, Moneypenny, Q etc.) will bring with them the classic gun barrel sequence.

      (And this is just one little complaint. Love the new films and Craig is definitely in my top 3 fav actors for the character.)

      • Thanks, it did disappoint me as well that Skyfall didnt begin with the Gunbarrel, I read on why it didn’t appear at the beginning because they just said that it didn’t work at the beginning and that’s why they had to put it at the end,

        But anyway I still enjoyed the movie!

  7. I mean a built-up to what they did in Skyfall

  8. I’m beginning to think people didn’t like Skyfall merely because it was popular.

    • I hear alot of people like it. it’s just the people who you hear from it just mostly entitled to an opinion.

  9. I have an idea for Bond24. The Prime Minister of the UK is secretly married to a CIA agent who subtly manipulates him into starting a war of empire conquest under the masquerade of avenging a terrorist act.

    Oh wait, that’s the plot of The Ghost Writer. Sorry!

  10. It will be Benedict Cumberbatch as Blofeld. Mark my words. He has cleared his diary and has delayed Hamlet till 2015 when he was due to play the role in October. He is friends with Mendes and his girlfriend Rebecca Hall. Plus he’s one of the greatest actors working today and can do action. [see film short Little Favour for examples of him kicking a*s].

    • No, Benedict Cumberbatch is just going to be main villain of the story, cause Benedict is too young and not evil enough to be Blofeld, cause also Blofeld is old and half short. Benedict is evil enough to be as a Normal main villain

  11. Nice. So hyped about this. I’m actually pretty glad that it starts in October too, since I normally associate that month with new and interesting things. New stories and news should be coming out a lot more at that point. I’m excited.

  12. I also want a middle-eastern, Persian-themed story. Saudi Arabia, native tribes in the desert, a beautiful ethnic girl from the desert, and a beautiful femme fatal from the city.

  13. I’d want the next villain to be physically matched with Bond (Craig) who he can go toe-to-toe with rather than a psychological one. That being the case, my choice would be Idris Elba who has been linked to Bond before but as the central character, and since he is too old by the time the role will be up, he should get a crack at being a villain.

    Think I’d like to see this next film take place in Europe (France, Germany, Norway, Sweden) the usual lot.

  14. “……shooting will begin…..”. No pun intended, right? Lol.

  15. Any rumour of a TITLE yet? Or theme song singer? I say get Olivia Newton-John! She hasn’t done one yet and it would be stellar! http://www.facebook.com/ONJforBond

  16. Cant wait but I hate this long wait. I mean come on. 2006 for Casino Royale then Bond 24 comes out in 2016? Daniel Craig is great though at least he looks like a spy and a great actor too. Hope he makes a few more.

  17. I was 14 when Sean came on screen as 007 I was hooked I m 66 now and I think Daniel is the 2 in line being the best bond ….all bond movies are good ……. Had to be otherwise there would be no 50 plus years of bond when you wanne check out a cool 007 peterbilt Truck. Go to my Facebook Winus Cleyne ……….what else is there in live. KILL the BAD Guys. Get the good looking girls…Open bank. Account . And hot cars And travel around the world. ITake that JOB…….

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