Casting has begun for an assassin, with a focus on “someone extremely physically fit and over 6' 2".” The person is said to have “several altercations with Daniel Craig's 007 throughout the film,” and also will be featured in a driving sequence.
No one would doubt that the James Bond films aren't huge everywhere: the last one, Skyfall, collected $1.1 billion dollars worldwide - over $300 million of that coming from America. But in England, they're absolutely NUTS for Agent 007, to the point where stories involving the new movie (slated for release November 6th, 2015) take on an almost fanatical level of rumor and conjecture. This happens particularly often in regards to the fabled "Bond theme." Who will be singing it this time for Bond 24?
The problem, according to the Daily Mail, is that these rewrites are going to cause a significant delay in the production, or, as a source calls it, “polite turmoil” behind the scenes. The production on Bond 24 now won’t begin until December, “a few months later then they wanted” according to the source.
Before Skyfall, Sam Mendes was a director known for dour, character centered pieces that resonated with humanity. That's not the type of director that screams “James Bond ready”, but Mendes proved that the contrary was true as his finished product went on to become one of the best loved Bond films in the modern era.
The James Bond franchise isn't really one known for continuity, with most of the films in the series largely operating as individual stories, but that's something that has changed greatly in the Daniel Craig era. Director Sam Mendes has admitted that a great deal of the next 007 adventure, now simply known as Bond 24, will tie back to what we saw happen to the super spy in Skyfall.
Whoever ends up playing the next 007 villain in Sam Mendes' untitled Bond 24 has some serious shoes to fill. In his performance as the ex-MI6 terrorist Silva, Javier Bardem created not only an amazing antagonist, but one of the greatest baddies in the history of the franchise.
For a moment, I forgot that Ralph Fiennes was a part of the updated James Bond franchise. No disrespect to the amazing Oscar nominee, but when we think of Bond, we immediately think about Daniel Craig (the current 007), and maybe whichever actor is circling the role of “Bond Villain,” but not the man who has been tapped to replace Dame Judi Dench in the long-running spy franchise.
As I explained in my review released just prior to the movie hitting theaters back in 2012, Sam Mendes' Skyfall is a great film for many, many reasons. The story does fascinating things with the James Bond character, puts the franchise in an interesting modern context, and features one of the greatest Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem's Silva. Perhaps its greatest asset, though, is the cinematography of genius Roger Deakins.
Fans of Skyfall and all other things good for James Bond, rejoice! Director Sam Mendes has finally agreed to return to direct another installment of the Bond franchise, signing on today officially to direct what's now just being called Bond 24. Here's what producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had to say about bringing Mendes back into the fold
So here's a twist. Sam Mendes had seemed officially, totally out of the running to direct the next James Bond movie, committing himself to theater projects like Charlie and the Chocoalte Factory and King Lear. But Skyfall made $1 billion-- yes, $1 billion-- and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson weren't going to take his rejection that easily
If rumors are to believed, it seems that the producers of the long-running James Bond franchise loved Javier Bardem's performance as the villainous Silva in Sam Mendes' Skyfall so much that they're even game to cast people related to him in the upcoming sequel. Like, for example, Bardem's wife.
Just a short while ago we reported that Eon and Sony were looking at directors like Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Shane Black, David Yates and Tom Hooper as potential helmers of the untitled Bond 24, but suddenly it appears that Mendes is actually back in the running in a big way.
Most of us would say that Inception is the closest thing we'd ever see to a Christopher Nolan James Bond movie, but in fact the real deal might but happening too. The Daily Mail is reporting on "informal talks" between Nolan and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson about Nolan taking over Bond 24.
The statistics don't lie: most filmmakers who direct James Bond movies eventually find their way back for another 007 adventure. There have been 23 Bond movies made in the last 50 years, but all of the titles come from only 11 different names...
It’s a question I posed to Boyle at the conclusion of a roundtable interview today at the South By Southwest film festival. When I asked about Bond, a large smile broke across Boyle’s face as he contemplated the answer...