Sam Mendes Locks BOND 24, Looks Likely for BOND 25

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It looks like director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is double dipping in the James Bond negotiations as it’s being reported that he’s locked Bond 24 and appears very likely to direct Bond 25.  Mendes was recently reported as being both opting out of the next installment, then in talks to direct it and now unofficially confirmed by ShowBiz411.  The site also reports the likelihood of Mendes helming the 25th film in the James Bond franchise.  That chain of events either unfolded with Sony allowing Mendes to wrap up his other commitments before starting on Bond 24 and allowing him to carry out his storyline with star Daniel Craig, or he just waited until they piled enough moneybags on the scale.

Are you excited to see Mendes return for Bond 24 and, likely, Bond 25?  Let us know in the comments!




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  • HE1NZ

    NOOOOOO

    • scheebles

      Said no one. Ever.

      • mbmarquis69

        I’m pretty sure Darth did. And it was just as silly then too.

      • mbmarquis69

        I’m pretty sure Darth did. And it was just as silly then too.

  • GrimReaper07

    This is too much. Three Bond movies in a row? For what? I loved Skyfall but part of what makes the Bond franchise so great is the constant change in directors.

    • cruzzercruz

      Yeah, except that’s totally untrue. The bulk of the Bond movies, pretty much everything up until Goldeneye, were directed by just four people: Terence Young, Guy Hamilton, Lewis Gilbert, and John Glen. Martin Campbell directed two himself, and now Sam Mendes will join the ranks of those men who helped carve out specific eras in the franchise.

      In fact, it’s a great thing, considering how the franchise suffered from wild changes in tone during the Brosnan era. Each (good) director should be allowed to take their actor and get two to three films, leaving their stamp on a chunk of Bond’s overall legacy.

      • Agent777

        It’s a good thing when the same people want to come back to a job.

      • GrimReaper07

        Though you are right about the earlier Bond era, I still think part of the fun of the franchise as of now is how much it changes. The Brosnan era is thankfully over, but I wouldn’t say that the reason those movies were so bad were because of changes of tone.

  • HE1NZ

    Skyfall is weakest of Craig’s Bonds. That just sucks.

    • jack

      that’s your opinion….but your opinion is wrong

  • Person

    Looks like he’s gonna be the franchise’s John Glen for the 2010′s. Loved Skyfall, hoping Mendes/Logan/EON can keep things fresh and exciting.

    • DavidisALLright

      John Glen was a work-for-hire. Not a complement.

      • Person

        Meant in the sense that he’ll prolly end up taking the series through this decade. Agreed that John Glen’s direction was largely workmanlike but FYEO and especially LTK are very strong entires. Still, I’m sure Mendes will deliver much better.

  • RIC

    What a way for Craig to finish his reign as Bond. My only concern is how anyone, including mendez, can top SKYFALL.

    • NephewOfAnarchy

      Blofeld. I gotta feeling. Why are they locking everyone in for two films? Sounds like a two parter – Blofeld is revealed as the villain’s boss in Bond 24, Bond goes after him in 25 for Craig’s final film.

      • Pedro LM

        Can they use Blofeld?? Didn’t the other producer of the early Bond movies owned the character (and SPECTRE)?? Did that chage??

      • Northern Star

        They’re not locking everyone in for two films, only Daniel Craig has two films left on his contract. This report is bogus and without any merit, no other source is reporting this, and there’s no way in hades that Sam Mendes would commit to a film that won’t even be released for another five or even six years yet! He’s a lock for the next Bond, which will be released in late 2016 in all probability, but I seriously doubt he’ll be doing a third one.

        The rumors of a two-film storyline have been categorically denied by Daniel Craig himself, so scotch that idea right now, they’re working on ONE film and one film alone, which Mendes will start work on next year when his theater commitments are wrapped. Before the next Bond film is released, they’ll want to start work on Craig’s last outing as soon as possible before he gets too old, meaning John Logan will begin work on the script once he wraps writing on the next film, and the producers will likely be pushing for a late 2018 release… this almost certainly rules Mendes out, meaning they’ll be looking for a suitable director before work on the next one even wraps prior to release!

      • Person

        I think you’re probably right, but I wouldn’t put it past the star of a franchise to deliberately mislead the press by saying something isn’t happening even though it might be. The two-film thing makes sense if they’re gonna let Mendes take his time with theater commitments and then put out two more Craig films at an accelerated rate before he becomes too old and retires. Again, I don’t think they’ll do that (especially after the reception QoS got as a second-part to CR), but don’t rule it out completely.

      • NephewOfAnarchy

        The difference is that CR and QOS had completely different creative teams, with one being based on a novel and one not, and QOS was rushed into production to beat the writer’s strike. If they have Bond 24 and 25 all laid out in advance and have the same director for both, it won’t be a problem.

      • Person

        I think you’re probably right, but I wouldn’t put it past the star of a franchise to deliberately mislead the press by saying something isn’t happening even though it might be. The two-film thing makes sense if they’re gonna let Mendes take his time with theater commitments and then put out two more Craig films at an accelerated rate before he becomes too old and retires. Again, I don’t think they’ll do that (especially after the reception QoS got as a second-part to CR), but don’t rule it out completely.

      • NephewOfAnarchy

        Deadline published the story about Logan writing the next two Bond films back in October :

        http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/gladiator-scribe-john-logan-to-write-next-two-james-bond-films/

        Yes I know Daniel Craig downplayed it, but then again maybe EON didn’t want the two-film idea leaking out, or are waiting to see Logan’s work before committing to a big two parter. If the story was on Deadline, its pretty credible.

        And IIRC, EON obtained the rights to Blofeld and SPECTRE when they partnered with Sony?

      • Northern Star

        They’re not locking everyone in for two films, only Daniel Craig has two films left on his contract. This report is bogus and without any merit, no other source is reporting this, and there’s no way in hades that Sam Mendes would commit to a film that won’t even be released for another five or even six years yet! He’s a lock for the next Bond, which will be released in late 2016 in all probability, but I seriously doubt he’ll be doing a third one.

        The rumors of a two-film storyline have been categorically denied by Daniel Craig himself, so scotch that idea right now, they’re working on ONE film and one film alone, which Mendes will start work on next year when his theater commitments are wrapped. Before the next Bond film is released, they’ll want to start work on Craig’s last outing as soon as possible before he gets too old, meaning John Logan will begin work on the script once he wraps writing on the next film, and the producers will likely be pushing for a late 2018 release… this almost certainly rules Mendes out, meaning they’ll be looking for a suitable director before work on the next one even wraps prior to release!

      • Saltonstall

        They’ll bring back Quantum, and we’ll get another agent of the organization in Bond 24 as the villain. Blofeld will be unveiled as the mastermind in the last few minutes of the film (as he was in You Only Live Twice), setting up a final Craig film where he goes after him, a la On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

      • Agent777

        There is a old unused idea from Spy Who Loved Me, where a new terrorist group eliminates SPECTRE. How cool would it be for Bond to hunt down Quantum only to find they already were eliminate by a new unknown group… SPECTRE!

        Either way, to do SPECTRE right, you’d need it to be a trilogy, like with the books (the books Thunderball, OHMSS, and You Only Live Twice compose the Blofeld Trilogy).

  • Visu

    I’d go for the final reason…pile of money bags :D

  • scheebles

    I don’t know how anyone can say use “Skyfall” and “weak” in the same sentence. When the main argument surrounding the film is whether or not it’s the BEST Bond film, then I say you have a pretty strong film.

  • Jordan

    There go my chances of enjoying a Bond film anytime soon. Weakass emotional Bond is here to stay!

    • Agent777

      Yup, Ian Fleming’s Bond is here to stay.

  • Tim

    I hope Deakins returns! He made the film what it was!!

  • Tim

    I hope Deakins returns! He made the film what it was!!

  • derek

    I was disappointed the first time i saw Skyfall. But then i watched it twice more. Each time it got better. It was not as thrilling as Casino Royale; but it was a movie with heart. And it was the best cinematography in a bond film, that i have ever seen. It is definitely a good thing that Mendes is on for another one; I like a little continuity in franchises. He has several years to create another great movie. Whoever could not find something to appreciate in Skyfall is just a bumbling troll.

  • derek

    I was disappointed the first time i saw Skyfall. But then i watched it twice more. Each time it got better. It was not as thrilling as Casino Royale; but it was a movie with heart. And it was the best cinematography in a bond film, that i have ever seen. It is definitely a good thing that Mendes is on for another one; I like a little continuity in franchises. He has several years to create another great movie. Whoever could not find something to appreciate in Skyfall is just a bumbling troll.

  • Hop

    Nolan. We need you!

  • ItsBond007

    Skyfall was just stupid. Mendes just seemed to put parts of his favorite films together into a bond film. “A storms coming” wtf? the home alone crap at the end, the not so original Istanbul run. Only scene that was original in this film was the cool elevator scene.

    Skyfall was no where near Casino or even Quantum.

  • Dhan

    Sam Mendes ruined the franchise with Skyfall!!!!Fuck him!!!!Bring on Martin Campbell.I was really disappointed with Skyfall,the bond girls were awful,the gadgets were lame,David Arnold was absent and they tried to make it darker.Quantum of Solace was much better and it is such an underated movie.Personally,Casino Royale is the best bond movie ever,with the best director,best music composer,best bond girl and was so well shot.

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