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.
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.