Due to MGM's financial meltdown, there was a four year wait since the last James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The franchise's producers aren't going to let that happen again, especially since the new entry, Skyfall, is garnering ridiculously positive buzz. It also looks like they're sticking to one of that film's successful contributors. According to the Daily Mail, Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) will return to write the next movie. The key difference is that Logan will write the script solo. The past five movies—Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough—were partially written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but Logan was called in to re-write Skyfall. If Logan has helped to deliver what some are calling one of the series' best films, then I'm glad to see that he'll be back to write the next movie. As for when we'll see that movie, »
- Matt Goldberg
Skyfall is now open in many international markets and doesn't open in the Us for another two weeks, but that isn't stopping the producers from getting the ball rolling on Bond 24 . The Daily Mail reports that the plan is for the untitled movie to start shooting next fall at Pinewood Studios with a target release date of fall 2014. They also note that writer John Logan has been hired to write the 24th film in the series. Logan was brought onto Skyfall to rework the script written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 in the film, making it his fourth feature appearance as the character. Update: Deadline is now reporting that Logan is contracted to write the next two films in the franchise. A tentative »
James Bond will return this week.
It’s been a long road to Skyfall, Bond’s twenty-third outing, and as well as our review and red carpet interviews we had the chance to sit down with the cast and crew of the film and over the next three days we’ll be bringing you the six interviews.
Producers and protectors of the Bond legacy Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli have led Skyfall through a very difficult path to the big screen and as well as talking about securing Sam Mendes as director the pair talk about how they wanted to make the best film to honour the series on its fiftieth anniversary.
Huge thanks to Neil Alcock Aka The Incredible Suit for being our man in the thick of it. If you haven’t been keeping up with his epic BlogalongaBond then now is the time to catch up. When it comes to Bond, »
- Jon Lyus
With latest venture Skyfall bringing Bond back into cinemagoers’ hearts with what reviewers are calling a sterling film entry, the no doubt success of the film will have producers already looking to the future and to Daniel Craig’s fourth entry as 007 in the untitled ‘Bond 24′.
While we’re not thinking about the plots or the locations yet, we can always speculate about the future casting of Bond cast members, specifically the Bond Girls themselves who often provide such an iconic, arresting and delightful part of the series, the girls themselves evolving from mere eye candy or sex objects into fully-fleshed heroines, something we’re all happy about.
Below are my seven choices for potential Bond girls who might just be perfect when it comes to Bond 24…
The Tibetan-Australian actress could easily be the archetypal ‘exotic’ choice for a Bond girl and one which could actually be to her advantage. »
- Chris Haigh
Skyfall is good. In fact, Skyfall is very good. And while that was likely longtime James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson’s goal from day one, it begs the question – where to go from here?
Skyfall features tons of suspenseful action sequences, loads of firepower, hot cars and – in true 007 form – stunning opening credits animation. Top that off with a wildly engaging storyline, unforgettable villain and unprecedented access to Bond’s emotions, and you wind up with something that’s going to be tough to top, let alone top twice with Bond 24 and 25. Nowadays, 3D is synonymous with “bigger and better,” and seems to be the logical progression for an action film with many action sequences – from a commercial standpoint, at ...
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- Perri Nemiroff
Being at the head of a multi-billion dollar film franchise certainly comes with it perks, but for Daniel Craig, being James Bond doesn't mean riding the Aston Martin DB5 to Easy Street. The man cares about 007. If you've ever read an interview with Craig about the films, the upcoming "Skyfall" in particular, he talks about the movies as if he'll be personally held accountable if they suck.
When we spoke with Craig for "Skyfall," we wanted to find out just how much input he has on the individual films and direction of the series. Craig, of course, answered the question modestly.
"I like to think [I have input]. Certainly, [the producers] let me talk; whether they listen to me, I don't know," Craig said. "The truth of it is that Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the producers, they allow me to get involved, and it means so much to me. I always said to them »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
With 23 Bond films now in the can, and Skyfall about to be released to cinemas, it is about time to reflect on where the franchise may go next – and while upcoming articles will explore some concrete predictions for the direction of Bond 24, this article will look backwards, as opposed to forwards for inspiration, to find the greatest Bond stories not yet told on screen.
Though most of Ian Fleming’s Bond stories have now been adapted, there remain a couple that were not in whole, and there are a number of the continuation works, written by Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffery Deaver which have not yet been referenced or chosen outright for adaptation. And though some will invariably turn their nose up at the suggestion that some of the best Bond stories didn’t come from the pen of the spy’s creator, »
- Simon Gallagher
Despite the fact that Skyfall is yet to open in cinemas, talk is already turning towards further instalments in the long-running James Bond movie franchise and - following the recent confirmation that Daniel Craig has signed on to reprise the role of 007 for at least two more adventures - it's now been reported that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is being lined up as the next Bond villain for the super-spy's 24th official adventure.
"Benedict is considered perfect Bond villain material," reports The Daily Express. "Work on the next film will begin next year and the plan is for Benedict to be on board. He grew up watching Bond, so it would be a childhood ambition fulfilled. Playing a Bond villain is one of the plum roles in film history and he'd jump at the chance."
The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards was a prime time indeed to launch a new TV spot for Skyfall, the new James Bond film (23rd, to be exact) that will hit theaters this fall. Directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition), Skyfall has looked better and better with every new trailer and TV spot – and the latest one (above) fits that trend.
In other James Bond news: even though 007′s 23rd cinematic adventure isn’t even in theaters yet, rumors persist that the studio is pushing forward with development of “Bond 24.” We already know star Daniel Craig will be back, but it’s now being rumored that The Hobbit and Star Trek 2 star Benedict Cumberbatch could be the next foe Bond faces off against.
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- Kofi Outlaw
With Daniel Craig likely back for two more Bond movies, we have plenty of questions surrounding the production on those features. Where in the world will 007 go? How many Bond girls will they star? And, perhaps most importantly, who will play the villain?
"Skyfall" is setting a pretty high bar by having Javier Bardem portray the film's Big Bad, but rumor has it that "Bond 24" could have an equally impressive antagonist. British newspaper Daily Express is claiming that Benedict Cumberbatch is up to play the villain in the next 007 flick, though this news has yet to be officially confirmed.
We absolutely believe that "Bond" producers are tossing around Cumberbatch's name during their brainstorming for the next film in the series, but doubt his is the only name in the mix. Between his fantastic role on the BBC's "Sherlock" to his gigs as the villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness »
- Terri Schwartz
Even though the upcoming James Bond film, Skyfall, hasn’t hit theatres yet, the rumor mill is already getting started for Bond 24. According to Express, Benedict Cumberbatch is in line to play the villain in the next Bond flick.
Set to be released in 2014, not a whole lot is known about the film aside from the fact that Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007. That’s really the only confirmed piece of information that we have.
This news about Cumberbatch is in no way official and the studio hasn’t commented as of yet, but apparently, the plan is for him to play the main antagonist.
“Work on the next film will begin next year and the plan is for Benedict to be on board. He grew up watching Bond, so it would be a childhood ambition fulfilled. Playing a Bond villain is one of the plum roles »
- Matt Joseph
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, hasn't even hit cinemas yet, and already there is talk of the next installment in the long running franchise, due for release in 2014. Daniel Craig has already signed on (his new contract has him playing the super spy for at least two more movies), and it is expected he will lock horns with Benedict Cumberbatch, who has being offered the role of the movie's villain. There has been no word on whether he has accepted the offer. He is a fantastic actor, so here's hoping he will. Cumberbatch's star has being rising (deservedly so) ever since his fantastic portrayal as Sherlock Holmes in BBC's modern day re-telling of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tales, and if he accepts he will add this to his role as the villain in next year's Star Trek Into Darkness, and voicing the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy. Work »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Welcome to James Bond Countdown, our resident 007 expert's in-depth analysis of the James Bond franchise leading up to the release of Skyfall this November. Confirmed: Daniel Craig Returning for More Bond Fear not, Craig fans. The actor has signed on for Bond 24 and 25, according to a report from Deadline. The news means that Craig will become the third actor to play 007 the longest, right behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Clearly, Craig has instilled confidence in Sony who will be cofinancing both films. They are hoping to return to the template of one film every two years — something that went awry during MGM's financial difficulties. Production company Eon and Craig would reportedly prefer a bigger break between pictures...
- Alison Nastasi
Though the word first broke on Thursday via fan site MI6, the news has now been officially confirmed through channels and special decoder gadgets: Daniel Craig has agreed to return to play James Bond for at least two more films for Eon Productions.With Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace and now Skyfall under his stylish tux trouser belt, making five Bond movies will push him into position as the third-longest serving Bond actor.Sony Pictures is also on board to put up the funds to make the films. The biggest sticking point will be scheduling. While the problems with MGM’s financial issues meant a delay between Quantum and Skyfall, the creative team involved have been happier with the longer break, which has led to more time developing the script. Sony would prefer to get back to one pic every two years, which would see Bond 24 arriving in 2014. It »
The James Bond franchise has been going on for so long now that it’s started to look like an ever-changing monstrosity of different corporate influences, creative strategies, and leading men. But, in its current star Daniel Craig, its current, grittier creative direction, and its current co-financing deal between Sony Pictures and MGM, this series of spy films has seemed to have found a moment of stability; and a report from Bond-centric site MI6 says that a deal has been struck that will keep that stability going, at least for a little while longer. The collaborative efforts between MGM, Sony, and Craig started with Casino Royale, lasted through Quantum of Solace, and are about to produce their third film in this November’s release, Skyfall. Which means that they’ve made the 21, 22, and 23 installments of the Bond franchise so far. While Sony and MGM’s deal currently only lasts through an eventual Bond 24, MI »
- Nathan Adams
It's another slow news day in movie-land and although this probably seems like kind of a non-story, I am guessing that it will make more than a few James Bond fans out there very happy. With the release of Skyfall just a couple of months away, word is coming out that this will definitely not be Daniel Craig's final appearance in the role of 007. Big surprise, right? Sony Pictures has a new co-financing deal with MGM and they appear to be pretty eager to lock down Craig for future entries. His contract has at least two more Bond films on it, but what's more interesting is that Sony and MGM are reportedly looking to start pumping them out on a much more regular basis. If all goes according to plan, we may be back to getting new Bond flicks every other year. According to the James Bond fan site MI6, barring any unforeseen circumstances, »
Skyfall will be exploding into cinemas in a matter of weeks and there could be more good news for fans of Daniel Craig's Bond, with the fansite MI6 reporting that the star has signed on for a further two films. The site claims that Craig is already contracted to appear in Bond 24 and Bond 25, which would bring him up to five films in total. That would see him become the third longest-serving Bond, behind Roger Moore and Sean Connery on seven each. Craig has often suggested that he intends to stick with the role as a long-term thing, and...
- George Wales
A few months out from "Skyfall," the James Bond franchise seems pretty safe in the hands of current leading man Daniel Craig, and if a new report is accurate, things may stay this way for quite a while.
Bond fan site MI6 is reporting that Craig has signed on for at least two more movies as agent 007.
Not only that, but MI6 also got word that Eon Production, the studio behind the films, is looking to speed up the production cycle, getting back to two years between installments. That would put Bond 24 in 2014 and Bond 25 in 2016.
"Skyfall" will be the first series installment in 4 years due to financial troubles at MGM, but people close to production have claimed that the delay only helped the newest film.
"Skyfall" opens on November 9.
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, hits theaters this November, but fans are already wondering about the future of the franchise. Daniel Craig provided a jolt to the series with the swell Casino Royale, and now it appears that the actor may intend to stick with the character for quite some time. The fansite MI6 reports that Craig is contracted to appear in at least two more Bond films after Skyfall. This would be for Bond 24 and Bond 25, putting Craig at five James Bond films total and the third longest-serving Bond just behind Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Hit the jump for more. There has been no confirmation of this contract as of yet, but MI6 is usually pretty solid and many involved with the franchise have expressed a desire to keep Craig for further films. Rumors previously swirled that Bond 24 was being prepped for a late 2014 release, »
- Adam Chitwood
With his third outing as Bond, Skyfall, looking promising and stylish, and nearly all of his non-Bond films emerging as outright disasters (sorry, Cowboys & Aliens/Dream House/The Invasion/The Golden Compass), Daniel Craig should have no reason to want to leave the James Bond franchise behind. And while the producers of the Bond series always remain tight-lipped about the future, it's seemed likely that Craig would stick around for Bond 24. Now, if rumors are true, he'll be around even longer. According to the Bond fan site MI6, Craig has closed a deal to play 007 in at least two more films, which would be the 24th and 25th Bond movies. The only word we really have on Bond 24 is a deal that Sony signed last year to distribute it via a partnership with MGM. There was no release date mentioned at the time, but according to MI6 producers »
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