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John Logan Gives Bond 24 Script Update
'You ain’t seen nothing yet'

05 March 2014  |  Written by Neil Alcock  |  Source: Exclusive

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got the chance to sit down with Bond 24 screenwriter John Logan this morning, and as you would expect us to do, we strapped him to a table and aimed a laser at his nether regions in order to extract as much information as we could. He was, naturally, reticent to divulge too much information, but did confirm a couple of details about the film’s progress.

“Right now the first draft is almost done,” he told us. “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.”

What many fans are wondering, though, is whether any themes or specific elements from Casino Royale or Quantum Of Solace might be present in the new film – particularly a certain nefarious organisation who remained absent from Skyfall...

“There might be! Honestly, not being evasive, but 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.”

So expect a cameo from Moonraker’s double-taking pigeon, basically. Asked if Daniel Craig would still be as involved in the writing process as he was in his previous films, Logan confirmed that, “Daniel’s very involved. It behoves no-one to write a character that the lead actor doesn’t want to play, so having worked so closely on Skyfall, I have my own sense of what I think Dan responds to, as does Sam, (and producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson of course.”

It’s occurred to Empire that Craig’s signing on for two more Bond films might just hint at a two-part story, so we asked if Logan also expected to be beavering away on Bond 25. “I’m just trying to get one done first! If I survive this one, we’ll see about the next one!” Yes John, but is it a two-parter? “Couldn’t comment!”

Evidently the laser needed to be shifted a few inches towards the Logan family jewels. A more direct line of questioning was required. Will we see the return of Quantum? “No comment.” Will we see Blofeld in Bond 24? “No comment.” Will there be any other Double-0 agents? A pause, which gave us a quantum of hope. “Ah... no comment!”

Logan did at least repeat Ralph Fiennes’ suggestion that filming on Bond 24 is due to start in October (“I think that’s the plan”), and was giddily effusive about the whole project.

“Working on Skyfall was the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had on a movie, ever. And I’ve done a lot of movies! And this is shaping up in much the same way, because it’s a loving, sensitive director who loves the material as much as I do, it’s producers and a studio who believe entirely in the story we’re telling and it’s leading actors who are a joy to write for. Honestly, because I’ve been working on both Skyfall and the new Bond simultaneously it’s been a really, exuberantly happy time in my life because what I’m actually writing currently brings me incredible joy.”

With his palpable delight at working on Bond reaching epic proportions, we eased off on the laser and put one final question to him: with Skyfall being such a huge movie – and a massive event, given its place in the 50th anniversary celebrations – will Bond 24 be as big? John Logan smiled back at us like a maniacal Bond villain. “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

So stand by for what promises to be the biggest Bond of all (again). Bond 24 is released in the UK on October 23, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015.
 


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No Turning Back
am glad the craig era has rebooted the series successfully, though would also like the next film to be a bit more fun, like the earlier, lighter movies. but post SF i have to accept that this darker line of adventures is the model for the next few 007 films. More

Posted by spark1 at 11:42 on 09 March 2014 | Report This Post

q tips
lets not go down the gimmick road too far! nice as it was to see the db5 again what really was its reference? the craig era has done a great job at relaunching the sad and comical pantomime that bond films had become. q issuing a palm reading equipped gun and a tiny radio really added nothing (possibly detracted actually) to the story. the entire character was, essentially, superfluous. it's a tough call obviously but sometimes less is more. More

Posted by david.grice at 16:55 on 07 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
Leaving Coolbreezes psychological baggage and Monstercat's daytime TV habits aside for a moment ... does anyone else NOT want more Aston Martin gimmickry? I mean the self referential nostalgia bait. I don't mind a few gadets or whatever but stop dicking around with the winks to the audience and focus on making it a good thriller. After all they spent all that time pruning that stuff away, why bother now? More

Posted by rich at 22:06 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
Not me. I'd drench the Dench. More

Posted by UTB at 21:58 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
L: UTB L: Cool Breeze L: UTB Yes we need more Bond girls with names like Cunty McFucktight e need some actual Bond girls! Skyfall wasted too much time on Judi Dench.Severine was turning out to be one of the most interesting characters in the film before they killed her off far too soon.Instead all we got was Craigs Bond spending the majority of the last hour with an old age pensioner for his Home Alone adventure in scotland. the Bond girl. think the problem here More

Posted by MonsterCat at 21:12 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
L: Cool Breeze L: UTB Yes we need more Bond girls with names like Cunty McFucktight e need some actual Bond girls! Skyfall wasted too much time on Judi Dench.Severine was turning out to be one of the most interesting characters in the film before they killed her off far too soon.Instead all we got was Craigs Bond spending the majority of the last hour with an old age pensioner for his Home Alone adventure in scotland. the Bond girl. More

Posted by UTB at 21:01 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
L: UTB Yes we need more Bond girls with names like Cunty McFucktight e need some actual Bond girls! Skyfall wasted too much time on Judi Dench.Severine was turning out to be one of the most interesting characters in the film before they killed her off far too soon.Instead all we got was Craigs Bond spending the majority of the last hour with an old age pensioner for his Home Alone adventure in scotland. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:43 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
L: Cool Breeze Well at least the series is rid of Judi Dench.It was well past time they wrote her out of the franchise.As much as i hated Skyfall, i do like the prospect of Fiennes as M now.Its about time Bond had a male boss again ( suck on that feminists! ). here's a reason you've never been touched by the hand of a woman. More

Posted by matty_b at 20:26 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
Somebody feels threatened by women in positions of authority. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 20:13 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
Well at least the series is rid of Judi Dench.It was well past time they wrote her out of the franchise.As much as i hated Skyfall, i do like the prospect of Fiennes as M now.Its about time Bond had a male boss again ( suck on that feminists! ). More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 19:59 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
Yes we need more Bond girls with names like Cunty McFucktight More

Posted by UTB at 15:55 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

I DID enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall!
Oh come on. FFS Bond is entertainment. Skyfall was the 50th anniversary. It had to show us things from the past in order to establish continuity (okay so Casino Royale changed it all with Judi Dench being 'M' and yet being his last and first boss (unless she is a different character) but who cares? I want to see Bond a bit more like the ones I grew up with. Yes that does mean gagdets and girls and guns and some humour please. Skyfall was very good - nowhere near the best - but the best of rec More

Posted by Private Hudson at 00:51 on 06 March 2014 | Report This Post

I didn't enjoy seeing the Aston Martin in Skyfall
Because Casino Royale had so brilliantly setup the origin of the Aston and then Skyfall disregarded that and went for the novelty quirk factor, with the Aston and beyond. Casino Royale is the template for the best of action AND story in a Bond film, so more of that please. More

Posted by Blyman at 23:25 on 05 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: No comment
d be a shame if we saw another Bond movie so shamelessly influenced by a recent big hit... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 21:20 on 05 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: No comment
Will Cool Breeze pointlessly watch a film he's bound to hate and bleat about it? Magic 8 ball says yes. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 20:31 on 05 March 2014 | Report This Post

RE: No comment
Wonder what Macauley Culkin movie they will use for the next movies climax? More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:03 on 05 March 2014 | Report This Post

No comment
except to say the Craig films have sadly lacked stroking of bejewelled pussy. I thank you. More

Posted by pawsey at 18:20 on 05 March 2014 | Report This Post

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