Screenwriter John Logan continues to tease the story of his highly-anticipated 007 adventure Bond 24, reiterating in a new interview that this movie continues the same themes that were introduced in Skyfall. While he wouldn't get into specifics, the writer also teased that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. may come into play, and that this follow-up might end up being a two-part movie after all.
Back in November, we reported that MGM won back the rights to Blofield and the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization, which lead many fans to speculate whether or not they will be included in this sequel. While the writer wouldn't confirm or deny that Blofield or S.P.E.C.T.R.E. will be featured in this story, he did talk about using the previous movies and Ian Fleming's novels as an inspiration.
"There might be (a presence of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.)! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty 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."
The writer revealed in a January interview that there is "resonance" from Skyfall in this new movie, which makes sense since Skyfall introduced a number of new characters who will be returning alongside Daniel Craig in Bond 24, such as Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q). In a new interview with Empire, the screenwriter revealed that the first draft of the script is nearly complete.
"Right now the first draft is almost done. I'm terrifically excited about it! I've been working very closely with (director) Sam (Mendes), and it's been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. 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."
The writer also talked about how involved Daniel Craig is in the writing process.
"Daniel's very involved. It behoves no-one to write a character that the lead actor doesn't want to play, so having worked so closely on Skyfall, I have my own sense of what I think Dan responds to, as does Sam, (and producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of course."
He wouldn't comment on the return of Quantum, Blofield or any other 00 agents, but the writer was asked if Bond 24 would be a two-part film, a rumor which spring up in 2012 but was shot down by Daniel Craig.
"I'm just trying to get one done first! If I survive this one, we'll see about the next one! No comment."
"Working on Skyfall was the most enjoyable experience I've ever had on a movie, ever. And I've done a lot of movies! And this is shaping up in much the same way, because it's a loving, sensitive director who loves the material as much as I do, it's producers and a studio who believe entirely in the story we're telling and it's leading actors who are a joy to write for. Honestly, because I've been working on both Skyfall and the new Bond simultaneously it's been a really, exuberantly happy time in my life because what I'm actually writing currently brings me incredible joy. You ain't seen nothing yet!"