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Sam Mendes May Return For Bond 24
He's leaning towards directing it

17 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Baz Bamigboye

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Though Skyfall has been a massive success for the Bond franchise, it wasn’t a done deal that director Sam Mendes would return to oversee any follow-up. Indeed, Bond directors usually make one film then move on. But now it looks like Mendes is tempted to reunite with Daniel Craig for another shot.

It’s still nowhere near locked in – no contracts have been signed yet – but according to Baz Bamigboye (who was a reliable reporter on Skyfall’s development), Mendes is now 75% of the way towards accepting the job.

Apparently he’s been won over by producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson deciding not to go with John Logan’s idea of two linked films for Bond 24 and 25. It now appears that the two movies will stand alone. Since that means two films won’t be shot back to back, Mendes isn’t faced with giving up four years of his life to work on them, which would put a kink in his theatre and other plans. He’s busy gearing up the musical version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory ready for May at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and also wants to direct Simon Russell Beale in King Lear at the National in January.

Given the long lead time for Bond movies, the next film will likely be pushed into pre-production either late this year or early next, and we’d expect the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Naomi Harris and Ben Whishaw to all show up and join Craig on his next outing.


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RE: Top news!!
L: musht I didn't hate it but it is very overrated. Didn't know whether it wanted to mock the old traits ore send them up. It was definitely too long and the Home Alone in Highlands climax was very disappointing. It was fine but it's not even the best Craig Bond film, let alone Best Bond film ever n, I'm happy to accept that it's a matter of opinion, but (as you may have already seen me write in another thread) are you really reminded more of Home Alone than the climax of Straw Dogs? More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 10:46 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: So called fans!
Seconded in every way. Good to see more support here. I really hope Mendes does come back and make another great one, but there's part of me that almost wishes the next one is crap, just so there's more love for Skyfall. But, hey, opinions are opinions. Some love it, some hate it. I can accept that. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 10:36 on 21 February 2013 | Report This Post

So called fans!
There are a few so called Bond fans on here who dislike Skyfall even though it is one of the best Bond films ever! As a true fan ( Pierce Brosnan being my least favourite), I've read the books and love them all and, with exception of Die Another Day, I like all of the films for what they are. Craig is the best Bond since Connery and Skyfall captures the essence of proper Fleming Bond.There may be some dislike but there is more than enough praise and love for Skyfall amongst proper fans and crit More

Posted by dannyfletch at 21:07 on 19 February 2013 | Report This Post

Ah crap! Can we have a proper Bond this time please, complete with hollowed out volcanoes, maniacal world conquering villains and cars that remain visible but can still level small towns. Also the only "beautiful" things on the screen should be the women - who on earth goes to see a Bond film for the cinematography? WE WANT A HOLLOWED OUT VOLCANO!!! More

Posted by DanTDavies at 12:27 on 19 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Top news!!
I didn't hate it but it is very overrated. Didn't know whether it wanted to mock the old traits ore send them up. It was definitely too long and the Home Alone in Highlands climax was very disappointing. It was fine but it's not even the best Craig Bond film, let alone Best Bond film ever More

Posted by musht at 21:23 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

Top news!!
I can't believe some so called Bond fans are slating Skyfall! Now admittedly I was never a great fan of Craig's Bond but this movie changed my mind completely, fantastic film, fantastic Bond, fantastic director! More

Posted by archie119 at 21:06 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

I hope he comes back
Wow. A LOT of hate for Skyfall here. Personally I loved it so I guess I'm going to get torn to shreds. More

Posted by Mr Gittes at 17:09 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

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L: purplegnome Couldnt stand skyfall dont let him anywhere near it from the action to the story absolute rubbish if only i could have the 2 hrs back that this film robbed me of. t robbed me of 1 hour as I walked out. More

Posted by Willy Wood at 15:04 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

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Couldnt stand skyfall dont let him anywhere near it from the action to the story absolute rubbish if only i could have the 2 hrs back that this film robbed me of. More

Posted by purplegnome at 12:48 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

Cool!
I enjoyed Skyfall a lot and it felt like we were going from one phase of Bond into a new one ... one that has a foot in the future as well as the past. So, I like the idea of Mendes staying on and showing us where he was hoping the franchise would go. Fingers crossed Roger Deakins comes back as well because Skyfall looked fantastic. More

Posted by Nicky C at 12:09 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

That would be excellent
I would love more Kincade with stories of Bonds youth More

Posted by Paddy Kieran at 10:13 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

More Fun This Time
i liked SF but could do without the angst in bond 24. even fleming let bond have a bit of fun when on a mission. i know we are not going to get classic bond movie traits in this new era but how about just a bit more fun next time. More

Posted by spark1 at 10:12 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Terrible News
Are you mad? did you turn up to the right movie Lebo? It is generally acknowledged by critics and movie-goers alike that this film is superior in many ways to the vast majority of the movies in the Bond franchise. More

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Posted by kittybinks at 07:14 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

Terrible news!
Skyfall was rubbish. I hope Mendes isn't allowed anywhere near the next Bond movie. More

Posted by Lebo at 05:45 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Skyfall With A Vengence
L: jackcarter the brother of Sliva (played by Antoino Banderus or B Del Toro) out for revenge....(thats right skip SkyFall 2: Skyfaller) I'm kinda down for that More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 01:48 on 18 February 2013 | Report This Post

Skyfall With A Vengence
the brother of Sliva (played by Antoino Banderus or B Del Toro) out for revenge....(thats right skip SkyFall 2: Skyfaller) More

Posted by jackcarter at 21:27 on 17 February 2013 | Report This Post

Great news!
Hopefully Mendes will decide 100% and direct another excellent Bond film. I already can't wait! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 20:29 on 17 February 2013 | Report This Post

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