A few weeks ago I published a post on the subject of Sam Mendes returning to direct the next Bond film (which you can read here) and it’s now been confirmed that he will indeed be taking the reins for the as yet untitled 24th big screen outing for Ian Fleming’s man from MI6.
So, just a (fairly) quick follow up on the matter. This is of course good – if not entirely unexpected – news, all the more as the wait will not be too long with an October 2015 release date (UK – a November release is scheduled for the States) set.
Mendes is certainly not the first director to tackle more than one Bond film – even two or more consecutive outings, John Glen firmly holding the record as director of five films (of varying quality) in a row with two very different Bond actors (the fun but cheesy Roger Moore and the vastly underrated Timothy Dalton) between 1981 and 1989. Sometimes this turned out well – Terence Young directed 007’s first and second cinematic outings, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963) and sometimes it didn’t…Guy Hamilton helmed the much lauded Goldfinger (1964) but returned for the rather awful Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
With John Logan once again on screenwriting duties (he is also contracted for Bond 25) we can rest assured that the story for Bond 24 will be rich and explore every nook of Bond’s psyche, much as Ian Fleming did and I’ve no doubt that Daniel Craig will provide another strong performance. Under the direction of Mendes Skyfall presented us with a sharp, complex and beautifully visualised spy thriller (more reminiscent of films such as Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy) that paid homage to the character’s roots without it feeling stale. I rate it as one of the best in the series although I feel that there ARE superior Bond films with Casino Royale remaining my choice as the best of Daniel Craig’s tenure (thus far).
All in all it’s good to see that Bond 24 is moving ahead and I look forward to seeing how it turns out.
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