Purvis & Wade brought in to sort out Bond 24 script as filming slips to December

Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been signed on sort out the script of Bond 24, according to a report by Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail this morning.

Bamigboye was proved right on a number of stories relating to “Skyfall” and so from his past history can be regarded as a reliable source.

Back in March John Logan was just talking about completing his first draft, which seems late, while more recently he said he had pretty much finished with movies. That was taken that he would not do Bond 25, for which he was hired, but it also looks like he has departed from Bond 24 already.

Filming will start in December, delayed from October, which also means the October 2015 release date must be in jeopardy.

All in all this is looking a pretty shaken start to the next Bond film and once again questions Eon’s ability to plan ahead in order to avoid these kinds of disruption. Surely with something as large as the James Bind series at stake some kind of strategic plan should be in place.

It doesn’t look that way though.

Sam Mendes: Bond 24 script still in progress

“Skyfall” and Bond 24 director Sam Mendes attended a screening of “Paris Texas” earlier this week at London’s BFI on the Southbank. Although he was asked by the press about the state of Bond 24 he revealed little, telling them, “It’s being written, that’s all I can tell you. If I told you I’d have to kill you.”

So that’s it; the script by John Logan is still a work in progress, which confirms what Logan has said before. Hopefully they have time to get it right before filming starts, currently scheduled for October according to various parties involved in the forthcoming Bond film.

Scandinavian actresses reported to have screen tested for Bond 24

A number of Scandinavian actresses are reported to have screen tested for a role in Bond 24 according to a number of reports online.

Norwegian Synnove Macody Lund, who appeared in “Headhunters” in 2011 has confirmed that she auditioned for the part in a screen test in Copenhagen recently. Rumours are also circulating about Birgitte Hjort Sorensen from Denmark and Ingrid Bolso Berdal, also from Norway, while previous reports have named a number of Swedish actresses.

There are apparently eight actresses in contention for the role, which is believed to be that of a secondary Bond girl. Going on past experience she will be the sacrificial lamb; soon after bedding 007 she’ll be killed.

Bloomberg quizzes Sam Mendes on Bond 24

Sam Mendes was recently interviewed by Bloomberg TV, in which he was quizzed about Bond 24.

About returning he said that initially he didn’t have time, until the producers agreed to wait a year to begin production and that a number of strands, such as the new Moneypenny and Q, that were incomplete.

He also said new film will continue from Skyfall, and agreed to returning only if the two story arc planned for Bonds 24 and 25 were dropped, presumably because he doesn’t want to commit to two more films.

While there is no transcript available that I can find, a report on the interview can be found on the James Bond International Fan Club website.

Chiwetel Ejiofor to sign as Bond 24 villain?

A report in Variety suggests that the producers are keen to sign Chiwetel Ejiofor, recently seen in “12 Years A Slave”.

The report quotes an unnamed source (as usual) and says that although no offer has yet been made and scheduling would need to be sorted out, Ejiofor is the favourite for the baddie’s role.

The article also says that production will start in the summer in order to meet the November release date and that they are currently looking to cast a Scandinavian and a Brit as two Bond girls.

According to The Wrap, the former has “a troubled past” and “will serve as a brief love interest for Bond”.

More evidence Deakins not returning for Bond 24

We reportedly recently that Roger Deakins revealed at dinner to Kristopher Tapley that he would not be returning for Bond 24 and now have further corroborating evidence (via the excellent HMSS Weblog) that Deakins really will not be returning.

In an article for Thompson On Hollywood dated February 16, prior to the Tapley tweet, Bill Desowitz quotes Deakins:

 “He’s got a great idea for another film, which is really an extension [of 'Skyfall'] but from my point, I don’t know what else I could do with it, really.”

That seems pretty clear, although it should be remembered Sam Mendes repeatedly said NO until Eon put the knotted rope to work.

Bond 24 will have new Aston Martin

Yesterday saw the official launch of the Bond In Motion exhibition in London, attended by cast and crew from across the years.

Apart from a number of actresses, stunt personal, Purvis and Wade and production designers, half siblings Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were there to speak to the press. In a video interview with ITN, Wilson says that a new, as yet unseen, Aston Martin will appear in Bond 24.

You can watch the video below:

John Logan speaks to Empire Online about Bond 24

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.

Bond 24 starts shooting in October… or November

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.