Sam Mendes “75 Percent” Set To Direct Next Bond, Two Film Storyline Plans Abandoned

Previous intel on the future of James Bond suggested that John Logan, the screenwriter who finished off Skyfall, had cooked up a two-part storyline. This was reportedly going to be set to be spread across Bond movies 24 and 25, the next pair in the series.

Daniel Craig himself shot this down, but according to Baz Bamigboye, who is many things but not a fabricator of false stories, it really was the plan, once upon a time, it just isn’t any longer.

Now, he says, they will be “stand-alone pictures” though Logan has written “two treatment papers outlining a rough idea of the plot” of film 24 only.

Again with reference to previous intel, Sam Mendes may have played a part in the conception of this idea, so it’s not entirely surprising to hear that he’s likely to direct the film.

Mendes is apparently on board:

in theory… but wants to see the finished script before he fully commits…

Bamigboye weighs it up and says that Mendes is “75 per cent” of the way to locking in the gig.

First, though, he’s got a couple of stage productions to get onto the boards. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens in May and then there’s King Lear at the National Theatre next January. This would mean a start date for Bond 24 into 2014 – perhaps more of a delay than EON Productions, Sony and the Broccolis wanted this time around.

I’m all for Mendes and Logan returning for more Bond. I know people have enjoyed nitpicking Skyfall, not to mention driving a bus back and forth through some of its plotholes, but I do think the film stands alongside Casino Royale as a superb demonstration of  modern Bond’s crunchy, punchy, steely-eyed toughness, and I really don’t think any Bond actor has ever given us more than Daniel Craig.

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