John Logan recently spoke to Empire Magazine to give updates on the next “Bond” installment. The follow-up titled “Bond 24”, may include SPECTRE the scribe tells the magazine. Logan admits that he enjoys researching Bond books and previous movies to find inspiration. Logan is committed to what Bond fans expect, and he seems to have a firm grip on what the movies should bring to the table to ensure they continue with the legacy.
“There might be! 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.”
“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. 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 possibility of including SPECTRE and supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the next installment is not as farfetched as we might think. Kevin McClory’s estate use to own the names to Blofeld and his evil organization, but recent reports suggest that producers reached a settlement to bring back the villainous Blofeld and company.
Filming is expected to begin in October with Daniel Craig reprising his role as agent 007. Craig will likely be joined by Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw who is expected to reprise their roles as Eve Moneypenny and Q respectively. John Logan is tapped to write the script for the Sam Mendes directed movie set to be released on November 6, 2015.