James Bond 24 confirmed for 2015, Sam Mendes directing

News Simon Brew 11 Jul 2013 - 17:05

It's definite: Skyfall's Sam Mendes will direct James Bond 24, starring Daniel Craig. Set for release in 2015...

After a fair amount of speculation, Sony Pictures has broken the news that the next James Bond film, the 24th, will be with us in 2015. The original plan, post-Skyfall, seemed to hint at a 2014 release, but Sony has confirmed that James Bond 24 will be in UK cinemas from 23rd October 2015, and worldwide from 6th November 2015.

Furthermore, it is 100% confirmed that Skyfall'sSam Mendes will be returning to direct (and presumably they've held on so they can get him), and that Daniel Craig will be reprising the role of 007 for the fourth time. John Logan has written the script.

More news on the thus-far untitled film as we get it.

UPDATE: Here's the full press release...

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(TM), 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."

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Please, please, please can we have less computers=magic in this one?

More like Bond and less like the Dark Knight please.

This is great news!

Skyfall was an instant classic, filled with clever callbacks to the past of the franchise, lots of heart and thought-provoking action, and updatings for the future.

Practically a perfect cinematic ride for the 50th anniversary of Bond. No wonder it did twice as well as Casino Royale, a great Bond film in its own right.

And it looked absolutely fantastic, with a great score by Thomas Newman. Easily one of the most enjoyable films in years.

Of course, following up the biggest British box office hit in history, one of the top 10 films of all time at the global box office, has to be more than a little daunting. No wonder Mendes fled back to theater for a while.

Thank you, Sam, for coming back to Bond!

I for one look forward to buying a ticket and filling further the bank accounts of Ms Broccoli, Mr(s) Wilson, Mendes, Logan and Craig but please can we have a bit of ingenuity this once... Remember Connery placing a plucked hair over a door frame to see if anyone used it ? Even the pilot episode of Alias had Jennifer Garner shorting an electric lock with a cocktail!! Simple wit. Hey Presto! I have just saved Eon $20,000,000 !

Bring back Martin Campbell

Not happy about this, but then Skyfall made me an ex-Bond fan. The plot was just illogical. Who in their right mind would put a list of undercover agents onto a disc? Who in their right mind who lose it? And why was this MacGuffin dropped half-way through the movie? Why did Silva contrive to get captured, only to escape again? Why did he not break into M's flat, like Bond so easily did (once again) and kill her there?

I agree. It's almost as if Mendes knew he wouldn't be able to top Skyfall (which did have a few flaws but then what blockbuster action movie doesn't.) Skyfall,if anything else, proved once and for all that Bond doesn't need to be Bourne-sised to be updated for today's audience; it just needs to keep doing what it's doing while serving up a great little action flick.

I love the Bourne movies but wonder how that staccato style will play in the long run.

This is a good thing. The Bond Franchise has need for quite some time consistency in its directors and release dates. Yeah!

Great news indeed, Mendes is a class act all the way and 'Skyfall' attested to that fact, I would have predicted a late 2016 release if Mendes returned but if he's happy and comfortable with a 2015 date, it's a win-win for all concerned... although I don't envy the poor bugger who's going to have to succeed Daniel Craig, if they keep up this quality rate, his stint as 007 will go down as definitive, it already is for me (and I include the flawed-but-very-underrated 'Quantum of Solace' in that opinion)!

I sincerely hope Roger Deakins will be back too, because DAMN! his cinematography on 'Skyfall' was just a show-stopper... I still believe film to be the better medium over digital but Deakins' photography on that film very nearly converted me to the other side (I said very nearly...)!

I saw the title and thought James Bond 24 was gonna be a James Bond/Jack Bauer team up!
Would that work? I'd like to see it either way!

I wholeheartedly agree. I thought Skyfall was superb and it's gonna be a huge act to follow.

I hope the powers that be over in Who-Ville (not the Dr. Seuss one, the other Doctor) took note on just how to do a 50th because the formula Sam Mendes laid down was perfect.

I'm not worried about Moff and the DW folks. They have taste.

The ones I worry about are the Star Trek folks, or whomever is doing Star Trek when its big 50th comes around.

Where Skyfall had deft nods to the past, STID was full of face-palm grabs at past glories.

You're not meant to think about does the plot makes sense in films these days ! (Dr Who suffers badly from that also). Skyfall had lots of good points but the believability of parts of the plot was not one. Kind of bemuses me how they purportedly take Bond back to being less outlandish in style but still do equally impossible/daft stunts like the opening motorbike chase, and then surviving, even though also badly wounded, after the water non-drowning. Plus the plots can still be as unbelievable as in the past. Another WTF was how did Silva a) plant that bomb in the underground and b) know he and Bond would oh so coincidentally have a long chase which ended up just near the underground bomb (and no the way it was shot didn't suggest it's feasible he led Bond to that specific point)....

Jesus, how many "must watch" movies are they planning on releasing in 2015? Is there something happening in 2016 we dont know about....

So long as he picks a better villain this time. That last guy was crap.

I think the Bourne movies are the only action movies that have really succeeded with that style. Paul Greengrass knows how to do it in a way that serves the drama and characters.

You can't just copy and paste that style to other characters/stories, which is more or less what Quantum of Solace tried to do. Mendes went for a much more classical style with Skyfall with the framing/coverage/editing. The genius is that it sill made it look like we were seeing something we had never seen before in an action movie, which I think is something very important for Bond movies.

Why did they drop the MacGuffin half way through?
Because its a MacGuffin, and not really what the film was about.

Saying this made you an ex-Bond film because of illogical plot is itself completely illogical. How many Bond movies have you watched?


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