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Renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins will not return for Bond 24

Feb. 19, 2014by:

It has been some time since our last news about the follow-up to SKYFALL. We know that Sam Mendes is returning to the director's chair for BOND 24 and, naturally, so will Daniel Craig. What the story will be about is unknown although rumors have had it potentially being part one of a longer story spanning this and the 25th Bond film. With the huge success of SKYFALL, it seems only natural that the studio will want to keep the gang together.

But, one member of Sam Mendes' team will not be coming back for BOND 24. Kristopher Tapley tweeted the following a few days ago.

Roger Deakins remains one of the most acclaimed cinematographers working today. He has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including this year's PRISONERS. It has long been considered a crime that Deakins has not been recognized by the Academy. His work on SKYFALL was superb and may be some of the finest cinematography in any action film. He does have an established working relationship with Sam Mendes from their time on JARHEAD and REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, but they have not worked exclusively together.

It remains unknown who will lens BOND 24, but expect to know soon. Filming will take place this year as BOND 24 is slated to hit theaters on October 23, 2015.

Source: Twitter

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8:36AM on 02/20/2014

Skyfall was beautiful!

He has some REALLY big shoes to fill. Skyfall was very brilliantly shot and Deakins didn't get enough credit for it. The fight in Tokyo against the neon backdrop was awe inspiring.
He has some REALLY big shoes to fill. Skyfall was very brilliantly shot and Deakins didn't get enough credit for it. The fight in Tokyo against the neon backdrop was awe inspiring.
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11:48AM on 02/20/2014
That fight was set in Shanghai.
That fight was set in Shanghai.
9:16PM on 02/19/2014

WRONG!

OK, I'm sorry, but why am I the only one who seems to think 1) Skyfall is overrated 2) Skyfall's plot and villain borrows heavily from other films, most notably The Joker and The Dark Knight 3) Roger Deakins, while the best living cinematographer, shot a rather dull and lifeless Bond action film 4) Sam Mendes, while a decent drama director, can't shoot a Bond action film to save his life 6) Thomas Newman, while one of the greatest living composers, composed a bland and unexciting (and at times
OK, I'm sorry, but why am I the only one who seems to think 1) Skyfall is overrated 2) Skyfall's plot and villain borrows heavily from other films, most notably The Joker and The Dark Knight 3) Roger Deakins, while the best living cinematographer, shot a rather dull and lifeless Bond action film 4) Sam Mendes, while a decent drama director, can't shoot a Bond action film to save his life 6) Thomas Newman, while one of the greatest living composers, composed a bland and unexciting (and at times downright terrible) score to Skyfall. Put all these together and I believe that not only is Skyfall the worst Daniel Craig Bond entry, it's one of my least favorite Bond films, period.
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1:59AM on 02/20/2014
Harry Tasker you're a great secret agent, you love your family, you can diffuse a snow cone machine and you saved the world from the crimson jihad but...I must respectfully disagree on all those points. I hope this isn't a case of spy envy.
Harry Tasker you're a great secret agent, you love your family, you can diffuse a snow cone machine and you saved the world from the crimson jihad but...I must respectfully disagree on all those points. I hope this isn't a case of spy envy.
8:02PM on 02/19/2014
That's a shame. Skyfall is, hands down, the most gorgeous Bond film of them all.
That's a shame. Skyfall is, hands down, the most gorgeous Bond film of them all.
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8:57PM on 02/19/2014
It was particularly beautiful when view it on IMAX screen. Stunningly gorgeous.
It was particularly beautiful when view it on IMAX screen. Stunningly gorgeous.
7:10PM on 02/19/2014

That Was The Best Thing

Without a doubt, the best thing "Skyfall" had going for it was it's amazing cinematography, and I am saddened Deakins won't be back to work on a Bond movie with a coherent plot and non-cartoon bad guy.
Without a doubt, the best thing "Skyfall" had going for it was it's amazing cinematography, and I am saddened Deakins won't be back to work on a Bond movie with a coherent plot and non-cartoon bad guy.
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6:52PM on 02/19/2014

That's a damn shame...

...Skyfall was easily the best looking, most beautiful Bond movie. The opening scene in Istanbul, the Shanghai skyscraper fight, the entire Macau casino scene, the ending fight at Skyfall....absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. But in a way, maybe this helps preserve Skyfall as the stand-out movie of the franchise, rather than oversaturating the Craig films with the same look. I guess. I'm trying to find a silver lining here, but it's tough. Gonna miss Deakins!
...Skyfall was easily the best looking, most beautiful Bond movie. The opening scene in Istanbul, the Shanghai skyscraper fight, the entire Macau casino scene, the ending fight at Skyfall....absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. But in a way, maybe this helps preserve Skyfall as the stand-out movie of the franchise, rather than oversaturating the Craig films with the same look. I guess. I'm trying to find a silver lining here, but it's tough. Gonna miss Deakins!
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4:24PM on 02/19/2014

Damn

I dug the look of his Bond...
I dug the look of his Bond...
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3:22PM on 02/19/2014
Definitely too bad. I loved everything about Skyfall, especially Deakins' work which, in my opinion, should have been recognized as THE best cinematography of the year. Well, maybe there's still time for this to change.
Definitely too bad. I loved everything about Skyfall, especially Deakins' work which, in my opinion, should have been recognized as THE best cinematography of the year. Well, maybe there's still time for this to change.
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3:22PM on 02/19/2014
A damn shame. He really made Skyfall stand out above the rest with his style. Whatever the case, I really this next one is still on-schedule, because I haven't heard much of it. I couldn't bear to wait 4 years for another Bond movie.
A damn shame. He really made Skyfall stand out above the rest with his style. Whatever the case, I really this next one is still on-schedule, because I haven't heard much of it. I couldn't bear to wait 4 years for another Bond movie.
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3:20PM on 02/19/2014

Sad news

Skyfall was beautiful.
Skyfall was beautiful.
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3:03PM on 02/19/2014

It's a damn shame!

He was EASILY the best thing about the last Bond movie and the key ingredient for my enjoying the film so much. If you ask me, he was the one who made that movie.
Naturally, this news makes me want to see another Bond with less excitment than before but I am interested in what he will be doing instead of it.
He was EASILY the best thing about the last Bond movie and the key ingredient for my enjoying the film so much. If you ask me, he was the one who made that movie.
Naturally, this news makes me want to see another Bond with less excitment than before but I am interested in what he will be doing instead of it.
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3:02PM on 02/19/2014

This saddens my heart!

One of the best aspects of Skyfall was its controlled, disciplined cinematography. Love Deakins work! Just attended the screening of Jesse James at the Egyptian theater with Deakins in attendance. He was sitting right by me and I wanted to say hi but I pussed out! Anyway if they're looking for a cinematographer in that arena (there aren't many!) my vote would be Caleb Deschanel, Emmanuel Lubezki or Conrad Hall.
One of the best aspects of Skyfall was its controlled, disciplined cinematography. Love Deakins work! Just attended the screening of Jesse James at the Egyptian theater with Deakins in attendance. He was sitting right by me and I wanted to say hi but I pussed out! Anyway if they're looking for a cinematographer in that arena (there aren't many!) my vote would be Caleb Deschanel, Emmanuel Lubezki or Conrad Hall.
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