Sam Mendes Closes Deal to Direct BOND 24; Film Set for UK Release on October 23, 2015 and US Release on November 6, 2015

     July 11, 2013


We’ve got some very exciting James Bond news to share today.  While it’s been looking like Skyfall director Sam Mendes was going to return to direct Bond 24 for a while, Sony officially announced today that Mendes has closed his deal to helm the pic, with Skyfall scribe John Logan onboard to write the screenplay.  Moreover, a release date for the film has been firmed up, as Bond 24 now joins the absolutely insane list of films that will hit theaters in 2015.  The pic will open in the UK on October 23, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015.  It’s essentially the same release date strategy as Skyfall.

The pic is currently slated to open in the US opposite Edgar Wright’s Marvel film Ant-Man and the untitled Peanuts movie, but one imagines Marvel will alter the Ant-Man release date slightly so Bond and the superhero pic don’t cannibalize each other at the box office.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

sam-mendes-james-bond-24Here’s the press release:


Director’s Follow-Up to SKYFALL™, the Highest-Grossing Film in the Longest Running Film Franchise, to Arrive in Theaters on October 23, 2015 in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the US

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 11, 2013 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent in the 24th James Bond film and Sam Mendes will also return to direct the screenplay written by John Logan.  The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.

SKYFALL™, the 23rd James Bond film, took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.

Commenting on the announcement, Wilson and Broccoli said, “Following the extraordinary success of SKYFALL, we’re really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”

“I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time,” said Mendes.

Barber added, “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.” He added, “As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”

Lynton and Pascal said, “It’s a privilege to work on the Bond films. EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to SKYFALL and we, along with our partners at MGM, can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world.”

  • zac

    A serious question someone might know or someone at collider might know. Why on earth, bond in this day and age does not have a same worldwide day and date release?? 2 weeks after in US and 4 weeks after in Aus!!! I just don’t understand the marketing logic?

    • stylus59

      to prevent piracy

      • zac

        That doesn’t make sense, you prevent piracy by making it available everywhere, Australia pirates more shit per capita than any other country in the world why would you wait 4 weeks after it was released in the UK!?

    • Person

      It’s cuz Bond is supposedly most popular in Great Britain, so the plan is to release it there first cuz that’s where people are most enthusiastic about it, use that enthusiasm to generate strong buzz/word of mouth for a week or two, and then release it in the US/other territories when that buzz hits a fever pitch. Whatever they’re doing clearly worked, just look at Skyfall’s box office numbers haha

  • stylus59

    now, if Adele would be so kind as to sign here, here, and here so that we’d be on our way..

  • Adam

    Hey Adam, just wondering what you’re referencing when you mention the absolutely insane list of 2015 releases? I’m intrigued.

    • Matt

      Avengers 2, new Star Wars, Pirates 5, possibly Man of Steel sequel, Terminator 5, Jurassic Park 4, Independence Day sequel, possibly Mission Impossible 5, Ant-Man. Also a chance of Avatar 2, a Fantastic Four reboot and Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed movie.

  • Nomis1700

    PLEASE let Roger Deakins return as well! Although I hope he chooses to shoot it with the CineAlta f65 instead of the Arri Alexa. It shoots at a higher resolution and it looks like it’s a pretty good camera altogether!

    Also silent hope for (digital probably) IMAX camera for this one.

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