Skyfall writer John Logan is returning for Bond 24, which will premiere worldwide November 2015. In a recent interview promoting his work on the upcoming Showtime series Penny Dreadful, the screenwriter confirmed that this latest 007 adventure, and even Bond 25, will continue building on the foundation laid out in 2012's Skyfall.
While John Logan refused to divulge any plot points or information about the production itself, he did have this to say about keeping the franchise aligned.
"All I can say about Bond is that I'm happily writing it. Director Sam Mendes would rappel through the window and kill me [if I said more].
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 themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there's resonance from Skyfall in the new movie."
The screenwriter then talked about his connection to the material.
"I grew up on the Bond movies. 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 Fleming 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."
Of course, the question about which villain will be appearing in Bond 24 was a topic of discussion, as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, one of 007's most iconic adversaries, is now available for use in this rebranding of the franchise. The answer was null.
"You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."
Do you want to see Blofeld return? Or do you want a new, different villain in Bond 24?