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Sam Mendes Explains His Bond 24 Return
And the next two films won't be a two-part story after all

30 April 2014  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: MI6 HQ / Hulu / Charlie Rose

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Sam Mendes

Veteran American interviewer Charlie Rose has had plenty of big scoops over the years, but his latest piece of entertainment news is pretty huge (for Bond fans, at any rate). Speaking to Sam Mendes, the topic of 007 and Skyfall naturally came up, and there were quite a few enlightening details, as picked up by Bond fan site mi6-hq.com.

First of all, Mendes explained his decision to direct Bond 24 after initially balking when he realised that he'd started a "number of stories that were incomplete", adding "I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q. I felt there was a second part of a two-part story... " He also mentions that hearing the first Skyfall audience's roar of happiness - the "orgy of nostalgia", as he puts it - when the Aston Martin DB5 was revealed helped persuade him.

Also making things easier was Bond HQ's willingness to be flexible. "[It helped] when [Eon] agreed to wait a little longer and not go immeadiately - not go with two movies [and instead] go with one, which I felt very strongly about."

He also mentions that Bond 24 will feel like the second part of Skyfall, although it will not have a direct narrative continuation. Scriptwriter John Logan has so far refused to comment on the two-part story idea now being disbanded, so it's fascinating to learn that Bond will now be back in individual - albeit connected - installments. 

The full interview is well worth watching, but if you just want to hear more about Daniel Craig's super spy alter-ego, jump to around 17 minutes in.

Bond 24 is released in the UK on October 23, 2015 and in the US on November 6, 2015.


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All Bonds
Looking forward to the next Bond film. I like all the Bond actors. I think it depends on what mood you're in. Old fashioned action watch Sean, George. Crazy over-the-top fun watch Roger. Realistic action watch Timothy. Stylish over-the-top set-pieces watch Pierce. Hard-hitting modern action watch Craig. Heart-warming stories watch Home and Away. More

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Continue the good work!
Can't wait for the next instalment. Skyfall is definitely one of the best Bond films and was made for true Bond fans who are actually fans of Ian Flemings (not the awful Brosnan era or the Carry on Bond era with Moore!) Bond. Read the books and see how faithful it actually is to the original character! More

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L: ericcoyle The best Bond in years and still a fairly run-of-the-mill film. It was so ful of plot holes and inconsistencies and sexist stupidities ("just escaped a life as a virtual sex slave love? I better follow you into the shower then. About to be shot? I'll wait until theyve killed you then before I bother doing anything). Massively overrated, although to be fair it was beautifully directed and shot. Still, it would be nice to have a consistent story line and characters you genui More

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The best Bond in years and still a fairly run-of-the-mill film. It was so ful of plot holes and inconsistencies and sexist stupidities ("just escaped a life as a virtual sex slave love? I better follow you into the shower then. About to be shot? I'll wait until theyve killed you then before I bother doing anything). Massively overrated, although to be fair it was beautifully directed and shot. Still, it would be nice to have a consistent story line and characters you genuinely care about fo More

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