John Logan has been busy of late writing the next James Bond film. Given that it’s the follow-up to Skyfall, that’s no easy task. And while it’s not a direct sequel, penning the 24th James Bond film when the 23rd proved to be such a massive success brings no shortage of pressure.
Logan took time out to chat to Empire with an update on the script, though. “Right now the first draft is almost done, I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam [Mendes], and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling”, he said. “The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie”.
Skyfall, as good as it was, didn’t feature an ominous organisation of James Bond past organising the antagonism, so there has been some speculation as to whether they would feature. “There might be!”, admits Logan. “Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have 50 years of movies – 23 movies and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder. And when I’m working on the new Bond I’m constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies – what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances? One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that’s always been a part of my thinking about Bond”.
Obviously with this being the first draft Logan is talking about, things are likely to change. But given that the film has a release of the October 23rd 2015, things will need to be locked down pretty soon. Not that that means we’ll get too many hints ahead of its release…