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Is Sony trying to keep Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes, and John Logan on board for the next 2 Bond movies?

May. 30, 2013by:

Now that we know Sam Mendes is back in the mix for the follow-up to SKYFALL, we are beginning to get details as to why things turned around from where they were a few months ago. With Daniel Craig having contract negotiations, it appears that the current 007 star is the one heavily lobbying for Mendes to return. With SKYFALL breaking the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office it seems like a no-brainer to try and replicate that magic.

Rumors now are appearing that Sony wants Sam Mendes back but not just for Bond 24 but 25 as well. Daniel Craig's negotiations would also lock him in for the two films and this piggybacks on the previous news that screenwriter John Logan would be writing the next two Bond films. Does this mean that we will be getting SKYFALL 2 and 3 or just a consistent team behind the movies?

Despite some fans not loving SKYFALL, it was heads and tails better than QUANTUM OF SOLACE. For my money it still fell short of CASINO ROYALE, but Mendes definitely put the film back on track. The question would be whether or not Sam Mendes would be willing to commit the next half decade to James Bond and nothing else and whether or not that rumored 2014 release date is still in play. If Christopher Nolan was able to churn out THE PRESTIGE and INCEPTION between DARK KNIGHT movies, it shouldn't be impossible for Mendes to work on other movies.

Extra Tidbit: Only 4 other directors have filmed 3 or more James Bond films: John Glen, Lewis Gilbert, Guy Hamilton and Terence Young.
Source: Showbiz 411

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7:50AM on 05/31/2013

I don't even think other movies are the big problem here

It's plays. Sam Mendes has always been a stage director first and a film director second. Every time I go to London there are at least 2 plays directed by him on the west end. So if the studio gives him enough spare time to work on his plays they might be able to snag him. Although I'm pretty sure that even if they do get him back, it would be for 24 only. He's not the kinda guy to commit to films that far ahead.
It's plays. Sam Mendes has always been a stage director first and a film director second. Every time I go to London there are at least 2 plays directed by him on the west end. So if the studio gives him enough spare time to work on his plays they might be able to snag him. Although I'm pretty sure that even if they do get him back, it would be for 24 only. He's not the kinda guy to commit to films that far ahead.
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9:19PM on 05/30/2013
The last line of your article is what I think of whenever directors complain about not being able to do other movies in between the tent poles studios want.
The last line of your article is what I think of whenever directors complain about not being able to do other movies in between the tent poles studios want.
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9:17PM on 05/30/2013
Much like Mission: Impossible, I feel like Bond benefits from having different directors for each film, since each film is not based on the previous story. It keeps the movies feeling fresh. I know the older Bond films used the same directors for a few films, but it kind of worked since the series was building the mystery about Spectre over a few films. Now, with the exception of QOS, each Bond film is a stand-alone movie. I'm sure Mendes would make a good film, but I'd rather someone new
Much like Mission: Impossible, I feel like Bond benefits from having different directors for each film, since each film is not based on the previous story. It keeps the movies feeling fresh. I know the older Bond films used the same directors for a few films, but it kind of worked since the series was building the mystery about Spectre over a few films. Now, with the exception of QOS, each Bond film is a stand-alone movie. I'm sure Mendes would make a good film, but I'd rather someone new direct the next Bond.
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8:36PM on 05/30/2013
If Mendes were to return for the next film I would be happy. It's just that ever since Refn was mentioned to be in the mix to direct the next one as well, I have had trouble getting excited over anyone else.
If Mendes were to return for the next film I would be happy. It's just that ever since Refn was mentioned to be in the mix to direct the next one as well, I have had trouble getting excited over anyone else.
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5:57PM on 05/30/2013

Loved Skyfall

This possibility should be taken with a truck load of salt. If Mendes returns for one more, I'd be happy, if he decided to return for two more and Craig finished it off with Mendes then I'd be even happier. But as others have said, Craig is getting older and it's showing. I wouldn't have minded if Skyfall was the last for him, but if he has one more in him so be it. But it should be made sooner rather than later.
This possibility should be taken with a truck load of salt. If Mendes returns for one more, I'd be happy, if he decided to return for two more and Craig finished it off with Mendes then I'd be even happier. But as others have said, Craig is getting older and it's showing. I wouldn't have minded if Skyfall was the last for him, but if he has one more in him so be it. But it should be made sooner rather than later.
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5:29PM on 05/30/2013

Craig is getting a bit old

So if he does do two more films he'd better film them back-to-back.
So if he does do two more films he'd better film them back-to-back.
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9:38PM on 05/30/2013
He's sorta old, but at least he is in better shape than the other Bonds at his age, admittedly.
He's sorta old, but at least he is in better shape than the other Bonds at his age, admittedly.
4:14AM on 05/31/2013
That's true but if you look at the timeline for Craig Bond movies - 2006, 2008, 2013. He could be in his 50's by the time the 2nd one comes out.

I thought Pierce Brosnan had the right balance of youthfulness and manliness in Goldeney and Tomorrow Never Dies. But then he started to show his age in The World is Not enough and Die Another Day.
That's true but if you look at the timeline for Craig Bond movies - 2006, 2008, 2013. He could be in his 50's by the time the 2nd one comes out.

I thought Pierce Brosnan had the right balance of youthfulness and manliness in Goldeney and Tomorrow Never Dies. But then he started to show his age in The World is Not enough and Die Another Day.
4:01PM on 05/30/2013

They should

I mean I would love to see Nolans take on the character and all, but these two have made 3 good Bond movies so far, so why not lock them up for the next two
I mean I would love to see Nolans take on the character and all, but these two have made 3 good Bond movies so far, so why not lock them up for the next two
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4:30PM on 05/30/2013
Mendes was not involved in Casino Royale - that was Martin Campbell who directed that film - he also directed Goldeneye. Arguably two of the best Bond films ever made.
Mendes was not involved in Casino Royale - that was Martin Campbell who directed that film - he also directed Goldeneye. Arguably two of the best Bond films ever made.
7:07PM on 05/30/2013
Right good call on your part
Right good call on your part
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3:56PM on 05/30/2013

Skyfall wasn't too bad

The bar was set at Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace felt like a pro-logue to Casino. Skyfall took too much from Roger Moore's Bond. I enjoyed it, but the writing just wasn't there. If they can't get Martin Campbell back, they should just move on to somebody else. Mendes isn't the end all be all of Bond films. Skyfall was better than most Bond films, but it still doesn't have that coolness that I want in a Bond movie.
The bar was set at Goldeneye and Casino Royale. Quantum of Solace felt like a pro-logue to Casino. Skyfall took too much from Roger Moore's Bond. I enjoyed it, but the writing just wasn't there. If they can't get Martin Campbell back, they should just move on to somebody else. Mendes isn't the end all be all of Bond films. Skyfall was better than most Bond films, but it still doesn't have that coolness that I want in a Bond movie.
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4:46PM on 05/30/2013
Errr...you mean an epilogue to Casino Royale. Quantum was always meant to be a continuation of Royale, that was never the issue with that movie. It suffered from trying to shoehorn a Bond-esque story where there wasn't any, and because of the writer's strike the film lived and died off of action scene after action scene. Not to mention a villain that was piss poor, a hilariously bad agenda, and very standard action.

Skyfall on the other hand, was fantastic.
Errr...you mean an epilogue to Casino Royale. Quantum was always meant to be a continuation of Royale, that was never the issue with that movie. It suffered from trying to shoehorn a Bond-esque story where there wasn't any, and because of the writer's strike the film lived and died off of action scene after action scene. Not to mention a villain that was piss poor, a hilariously bad agenda, and very standard action.

Skyfall on the other hand, was fantastic.
5:28PM on 05/30/2013
I agree - it was nowhere near as good as Casino Royale or Goldeneye. It just missed that x-factor.
I agree - it was nowhere near as good as Casino Royale or Goldeneye. It just missed that x-factor.
6:07PM on 05/30/2013
Yes, Epilogue. Skyfall suffers from really bad plot holes, and trying to make a Roger Moore, cheesy out of touch, out of date James Bond movie in the 2000's. They should have stuck with what Martin Campbell set out to do. Make a serious gritty action movie of a super spy. Not go back to shitty quips about shaving, and constantly trying to force feed us blaring plot holes in an over long movie. It's not the worst James Bond movie, but it's certainly not the best. Like I said, Martin
Yes, Epilogue. Skyfall suffers from really bad plot holes, and trying to make a Roger Moore, cheesy out of touch, out of date James Bond movie in the 2000's. They should have stuck with what Martin Campbell set out to do. Make a serious gritty action movie of a super spy. Not go back to shitty quips about shaving, and constantly trying to force feed us blaring plot holes in an over long movie. It's not the worst James Bond movie, but it's certainly not the best. Like I said, Martin Campbell set the bar high with Casino Royale IMO, and Sam Mendes is lowering it again. When Daniel Craig starts windsurfing on a plane canopy, you'll know it's over. I take Quantum over Skyfall any day.
3:13PM on 05/30/2013
Skyfall was an amazing Bond film, I agree not as good as Casino Royale, but it was fantastic nonetheless. And I think it would be great to have the same team from Skyfall together for the next 2 films as well. But I think they should avoid creating sequels to the previous films, they should create new stories with a consistent team.
Skyfall was an amazing Bond film, I agree not as good as Casino Royale, but it was fantastic nonetheless. And I think it would be great to have the same team from Skyfall together for the next 2 films as well. But I think they should avoid creating sequels to the previous films, they should create new stories with a consistent team.
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3:03PM on 05/30/2013

Craig and Mendes were a winning combination

If both are willing to commit to two more films, I'm more than happy to watch the results. :)
If both are willing to commit to two more films, I'm more than happy to watch the results. :)
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