Skyfall and Bond 24 scribe John Logan recently spoke to Empire Online, telling them “the first draft is almost done”.
He says that Bond 24 will continue the themes and characters introduced in Skyfall, but beyond the new M, Moneypenny and Q is there any other new character that survived Skyfall?
Empire also asks about Blofeld and Quantum, which he declines to answer, that he was constantly going back to the Fleming stories for inspiration and how audiences responded favourably to Bond movie references in Skyfall.
A few days ago Ralph Fiennes told a reporter during an interview that Bond 24 was scheduled to start shooting in October, while just a few days later Baz Bamigboye, writing in the Mail Online, announced it will start a month later than planned in November.
No reason is given for the reported delay, although Bamigboye cheekily suggests that it might be because director Sam Mendes has gone skiing for the first time and picked up some stunt ideas.
Whatever the reason, if indeed the info is true, there is no reason to think the film will be released later than planned.
Bamigboye was right on some Skyfall scoops, especially announcing that Eve would turn out to be Miss Moneypenny, but it is early days still.
Cinematographer Roger Deakins who made the decision to shoot Skyfall digitally and whose work on that film was nominated for an Oscar will not work on Bond 24 according to reports.
The news was broken on Twitter by Kristopher Tapley, who had dinner with Deakins, although the reason at the moment is unknown.
Scheduling perhaps? Or maybe he just needs a new challenge. Whatever the reason it is bad news as one of the highlights of Skyfall is his photography.
Rory Kinnear and Naomie Harris were both recently interviewed by Red Carpet TV News while attending events.
Kinnear, attending the premiere of Cuban Fury, plays Tanner in the recent Bond films and jokes that he could take on the roles of all the other actors.
Harris, at the Critics Circle Film Awards, talks about reinventing Miss Moneypenny, how she loves playing powerful, strong women, and on screen chemistry.
Naomie Harris has “heard rumours” that Eve Moneypenny will be going out in the field in Bond 24. We’ve heard the same rumours and really hope this doesn’t happen, although since the rumour is by Baz Bamigboye there may be more than a grain of truth to it.
Harris was talking to the London Evening Standard while promoting the Nelson Mandela biopic that was released last week, in which she plays Winnie Mandela.
Moneypenny screwed up in the field last time and at the end of Skyfall was all set to carry on being the Miss Moneypenny we used to know and love. Don’t give 007 a sidekick Eon, please don’t.
That’s something we didn’t need to be told after Skyfall, that Ralph Fiennes would be returning. The last scene in the film showed Fiennes sitting in M’s traditional office, where he handed 007 a file. It looked like business as usual, but in the style of old.
However, after Metro‘s hacks have told us Fiennes is looking forward to returning as M, they go on to say that the new film will officially see him become Bond’s boss in Bond 24, which will be based on Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care.
And it may be set in Ireland, based on Barbara Broccoli’s recent comments while in Dublin. Have they read Devil May Care? It is largely set in non-Guinness producing Iran.
Bond 24 is to be shot in Ireland, if a report from Irish Central is to be believed.
007 producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall and Bond 24 scribe John Logan attended an event in the Emerald Isle over the weekend in support of the Irish film industry. Logan is spending time over there while involved with a TV project and seems to hardly have started his Bond 24 writing duties and that he would “soak up the local colour”, while Broccoli said if Logan included Ireland in the script then they’d shoot there.
Not quite the same as saying they WILL shoot Bond 24 in Ireland and, as pointed out by MI6, a diplomatic answer.
So, will Bond 24 take place in Ireland? Unlikely, I’d say.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Naomie Harris will be Bond’s sidekick in Bond 24, which seems a turnaround from her decision in Skyfall to accept the job as M’s assistant.
On one hand the report seems to lack credibility until you consider that it was written by Baz Bamigboye, who got a couple of scoops on Skyfall, including the one that Eve was, in fact, Miss Moneypenny.
Does that means this story is true?
Not necessarily, but most Bond fans would prefer to see Bond as a lone operator rather than the team player he has started to become recently, a long way from the Bond of old.
A number of websites have picked up an interview with Daniel Craig by Vulture about his Broadway appearance with wife Rachel Weisz in “Betrayal”, in which Craig briefly talks about Bond, and more specifically humour.
He tells the interviewer about how he made them reset the train for another take so he could adjust his shirt cuffs on “Skyfall” before saying about Bond 24:
“Hopefully we’ll reclaim some of the old irony…and make sure it doesn’t become pastiche” and “I sometimes wish I hammed it up more, but I just can’t do it very well…”
OK, so there isn’t much going on at the moment with Bond 24, at least nothing at all to report. The script must be being worked on and John Logan has plenty of time to kick that into shape before pre-production begins in earnest, and that will only happen once Sam Mendes has finished all his theatre duties early next year.
What’s a site to do, when it has been set up expressly to bring you news about Bond 24?
Well, not much except enjoy the summer.
Well, there is always chatter in the forums and I noticed the other day in AJB that there is a thread discussing what people want and don’t want to see in Bond 24. Not exactly news, but I had a flip through the comments to see if any themes stuck out.
Actually, the thread originally dates back to the end of March, but it now numbers some 350 posts to date. A number of posts mention wanting the gunbarrel at the start of the movie (agreed!), that Bond should be briefed by M and then get on with the job (agreed) without having to call in to HQ all the time (agreed), and certainly not have the secondary characters working in the field.
Also, many AJB members want a truly evil plot and a megalomaniac villain with an over the top lair, a decent Bond girl, flirting with Moneypenny, a title song that appears in the soundtrack and less sentimentality, with a few votes for seeing 007 at home again – something not seen since Live And Let Die.
If you want to read ALL the comments (or jump in and add your own) visit the AJB thread here.