James Bond 24 could be bound for Italy

According to rumours at the Italian James Bond fan club Bond 24 could be shooting in Italy, more specifically, in a sequence centred around Rome’s Quattro Fontane.

 

Quattro Fontane

 

They also report that the title might be Devil May Care. Although this is highly unlikely as EON Productions have never borrowed a 007 film title from an Ian Fleming Publications continuation novel. The title rumor seems traceable to this website whereon it explains that Cinecittà studios in Rome is being considered. Perhaps with delays in production and the introduction of Purvis and Wade to the writing team Pinewood can no longer accommodate the 007 adventure? If the booking is no longer valid and shooting is delayed, Bond might just be looking for a new home.

 

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Sam Mendes comments on his continued relationship with James Bond

Sam Mendes comments on his continued relationship with James Bond

Sam Mendes the director of Skyfall and the upcoming Bond 24 has spoken to the media about his work on the Bond franchise. He compared his varied of art house and alternative film production to the more formulaic 007 adventure, saying: “I spent a long time doing movies that defied easy categorisation, but with Bond, it was very clear what was demanded. With Bond you have to know everything Bond has done before. You can’t repeat it. You’re not going to reinvent the wheel.”

He rightly calls the franchise “timeless” but emphasises that it all starts with the script.

For me, so much of it is about script. Because that’s the building of the boat. Once the boat goes on the current, it’s gone. And if there’s a hole in the boat, you’re fucked. So you have to make sure there’s no holes in the boat. That’s what we’re doing at the moment.

Skyfall had a extended scripting process forced upon the production team by the financial situation of their studio, MGM. Mendes is obviously committed to recreating a similar quality picture.

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Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to polish Bond 24

The writing duo, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who bowed out of the Bond franchise after the successful Skyfall are rumored to have returned to the franchise to add some punch to John Logan’s script.

The news emerges from Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail, who predicted a number of James Bond news and rumors accurately back when Skyfall was only in pre-production. So, although there has been nothing official, Bamigboye has an excellent track record.

It is also not a surprise that John Logan is not expected to finish this shooting script alone. A number of James Bond films have been started by one writer only to be polished by another. Logan himself served as second fiddle to Purvis and Wade’s Skyfall, and before him, the duo’s scripts were polished by Paul Haggis. It is understood that the story is still an original one from Logan but that Purvis and Wade are on board to give it a review.

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Bond 24 screen tests taking place in Scandinavia

Synnøve Macody LundSynnove Macody Lund, Norwegian actress known for Headhunters (2011) leaked the news this week that she had screen tested for a secondary Bond girl role in Bond 24. James Bond fan-site MI6 says that Bond 24 screen tests are happening throughout Scandinavia and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, Ida Engvoll and Disa Östrand have been tested.

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John Logan close to completing first draft of Bond 24

The screenwriter who came on board the 007 franchise along with his colleague Sam Mendes with Skyfall is almost ready to submit a draft. Says the writer in a recent interview:

“Right now the first draft [of Bond 24] 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.”

As readers will note, Logan is pretty explicit that it will pick up where Skyfall left. Does this just allude to the new M and Moneypenny who joined the cast? Does this mean that Judi “M” Dench’s ghost may be weighing down 007 for a few more adventures? What else springs to mind?

He confirmed, also, that filming on James Bond 24 would start in October this year. He refused to comment on Blofeld and Quantum rumors, although the Quantum arc has been left thoroughly open. It has been rumored in the past that Logan was on board for two adventures that could well be back to back outings. Logan refused to comment, saying, let him get on with Bond 24 before addressing Bond 25. Bond 25 is the last of the current contract Craig has with Bond’s producers.

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Ralph Fiennes says Bond 24 starts shooting in October

The British actor hired to replace Dame Judi Dench as “M” in the Bond films says that he is expecting shooting to start on the new 007 adventure, currently dubbed Bond 24, in October 2014. The film is scheduled for a release in late 2015. Skyfall started production 11 months before its release date, with filming starting in November 2011 and its premiere held in London in October 2012.

As well as letting slip the shooting schedule, Fiennes tells MTV that he is in the dark about the plotting:

“I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you much. They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.”

Sam Mendes, director, and John Logan, screenwriter, return for their second consecutive Bond film.

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Roger Deakins will not be back for Bond 24

The fantastic cinematographer that added an extra layer of sophistication to Skyfall has regrettably confirmed he wont be working on Bond 24. In February 2014 he told Thompson on Hollywood that he would not be back for the film. He added that Sam Mendes and John Logan, who would be returning from Skyfall, had particular contributions to make to the 24th instalment in the franchise, but that he didn’t “know what else I could do with it, really”.

The news didn’t really make much of a splash until, several days later, Kristopher Tapley tweeted that he had had dinner with Deakins and heard the news firsthand. “At dinner with Deakins last night I learned some news that makes me sad: He won’t be shooting the next Bond,” tweeded the hifix reporter.

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Moneypenny and Tanner talk about their responsibilities to future 007

Naomie Harris tells the press in this short video interview that she was brought onto the James Bond franchise with a mandate to “reinvent” the character of Miss Moneypenny, being sure to be strong presence in Bond’s life.

Rory Kinnear whose played Tanner to Judi Dench’s ‘M’ in the Craig era jokes that he keeps having the characters killed off and he will eventually be playing M, or even Bond!

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Miss Moneypenny to be amongst the action?

Eve Moneypenny revealed her true identity in the last seconds of Bond 23, Skyfall, and since then Naomie Harris, who plays the character, has continued to talk about her aspirations for the character. The James Bond fan site MI6-HQ says that the actress wants Moneypenny “in the midst of things.” But does that suit the iconic Ian Fleming creation of a desk secretary. Besides which, after her fieldwork foul up in Bond 23 the character was eager to take Bond’s “advice” and sit behind a desk.

“I’m all about empowered women so I really hope so. I’ll push for [more involvement] for sure.”

Would honouring Fleming’s character be deemed sexist in this age? The other side of this coin is this: after 50 years, things are going to be a little different, even in Bond’s world.

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James Bond 24 to build on “Skyfall” themes

James Bond 24 screenwriter John Logan – who came onboard Skyfall late in the process to work with Sam Mendes – has been signed to write the next two 007 adventures, James Bond 24 and 25.

“My goal is to write a great movie that’s appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal,” the writer told IGN earlier this year.

“I grew up on the Bond movies,” Logan said of his own connection to the franchise. “The first one I saw was Diamonds Are Forever, when I was a kid. I just loved them to pieces. I love all the elements, from the books — mostly from the novels; going back to Ian Flemming is where I started with Skyfall — and there’s certainly elements of the movies and the novels that we’ve brought into the new movie, as they did into Skyfall.”

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