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.
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.