James Bond 24 latest

News Simon Brew 18 Feb 2013 - 06:43

As Skyfall arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, what's the current state of James Bond's 24th big screen adventure?

Eon Productions is going to have quite a job repeating the tricky it managed with Skyfall. Released to strong reviews, the film has taken over $1bn at the worldwide box office, and has left the 007 franchise in an extremely strong position.

Towards the end of last year, it was reported that Eon was looking to build on that by getting the next two films moving, with screenwriter John Logan hired to pen both the 24th and 25th James Bond movies. The idea would be that it was a two-part story, possibly shot back to back.

It was the latter part that seemed to put director Sam Mendes off though, it's being reported, with the Skyfall director not keen to devote the next four years of his life to Bond. He still appears to be the leading candidate to direct the next James Bond movie, although he's not officially signed on to do that. And he's apparently not doing so until he has a chance to read Logan's work.

As a consequence of all of this, the two-part story idea has been put on the back burner, and instead the focus is on pressing ahead with James Bond 24. The aim will be to have the film before cameras by the start of next year at the latest, with an end of 2014 release date in mind. Mendes remains in pole position to direct.

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