After Skyfall opens next week, everyone is going to want more James Bond and want it quickly. Several days ago, we reported that producers had hired Skyfall screenwriter John Logan to write not one, but a Bond duology, and he had set to work for scripts for both movies. It would be a rare occurrence where the Bond films were linked as one big story rather than a loose connection like S.P.E.C.T.R.E. or Casino Royale to Quantum of Solace. However, star Daniel Craig, who is contracted for Bond 24 and 25, has denied rumors of linked Bond sequels.
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Speaking to Filmstarts, Craig commented on the rumor:
“No, I don’t know where that’s come from,” said Craig, “It’s impossible to do a two parter, I heard that someone was talking about that we’re doing a two parter, but that’s the first I’ve heard about it. We can only do them one at a time, they take six months to shoot. You can’t write one movie thinking about the next. All we’re trying to do is get the next one sorted out and it’ll stand on its own and if I’m able I’ll do another one after that.”
Craig seems fairly adamant about the series’ future, but I don’t see why it’s “impossible”. Sequels are made back-to-back on a fairly regular basis if the prior film is a huge success (and the international box office for Skyfall strongly suggests it will be). The only hiccup would seem to be if Craig wanted to do a movie in between Bond films, and didn’t want to give up a year playing only James Bond. Granted, that’s probably not what he thought he would get when he signed on for the role, but then again, I’m not sure if expected a four-year delay between Bond films either. Much like 007, Craig might have to roll with the punches on this one.