After Ralph Fiennes said that Bond 24 will start shooting in October, our ears perked up. Skyfall was not only the best Bond in years, but its most successful installment. Now that Bond 24 is going to get started in merely seven months, screenwriter John Logan is busy at work. And he is not alone.
He sat down with the UK’s Empire and said that star Daniel Craig is as much involved in the creative process as director Sam Mendes is. It is a creative trio that led to the best Bond in years and its most successful.
“Daniel’s very involved,” Logan said. “It behooves 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 Wilson of course.”
Given his joy working on Skyfall, one would expect that Logan was eager to get back to putting pen to paper to continue the adventures of James Bond.
“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,” Logan said.
That is largely due to the fact that the man wielding the camera is as much a fan as even the most passionate fanatic sitting in the audience.
“[It] is because it’s a loving, sensitive director who loves the material. 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.”
So, enough of the lovey-dovey Bond talk… where is he on the story?!
“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,” Logan said.
“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. You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
And he had many lessons from writing those Skyfall quotes that Logan is applying to writing the story of Bond 24, which should be music to fans’ collective ears.
“The great thing about Bond is that I have 50 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?” Logan said.
“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.”
While we're waiting for Bond 24, why not go back to the first Daniel Craig Bond masterpiece and watch Casino Royale online!