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James Bond movies have historically ended with a note announcing that Bond will return. Bond is among the only elements of the series guaranteed to be back each time, however, as other characters, actors, writers, and directors all are subject to change.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes had the luxury of working with a script that had much time to develop, and his film became the series’ most successful, with a global haul of over a billion dollars. There were many hopes that he would stick around for the 24th Bond film, which is in the writing and planning stages now for a release within the next three years.

But the director recently said that he’s going to move on. That dashed some fans’ hopes, but evidently not those of producer Barbara Broccoli. She’s still expressing confidence that Mendes will make another Bond movie, even if he doesn’t make the next one. Read More »

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Sam Mendes Passes On ‘Bond 24′

The combination of Sam Mendes and James Bond proved a potent one in Skyfall, resulting in the highest box office grosses of the franchise’s 50-year history. No wonder, then, that producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were eager to pull him back on board for Bond 24. For a while it seemed they’d get their wish, but Mendes has now confirmed that he has passed on the project. Read more after the jump.

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Director Sam Mendes Likely to Commit for ‘Bond 24′

Five decades in, James Bond is still going strong. In fact, Skyfall represented a new high point for the franchise in big ways. Critics and fans ranked it among the best 007 adventures of all time when it opened last year, and it smashed the series record in terms of box office gross.

Whether there’s any way Bond 24 could possibly top Skyfall remains to be seen, but producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are surely trying. To that end, they’re looking to get one of the key talents back on board. According to a new report, Sam Mendes is likely to return for the Skyfall sequel, though no deal has been signed just yet. Keep reading after the jump.

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Director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig may be the big marquee names of Skyfall, but the real driving forces behind the Bond franchise have long been Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The half-siblings are the daughter and stepson, respectively, of late producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli — the man who, along with producer Harry Saltzman, first brought Ian Fleming‘s now-iconic spy to the silver screen in 1962 — and have been involved with the series since the Roger Moore era.

At a recent Skyfall press day in New York, I got to speak with the pair about what Mendes brings to the franchise, the advantages of having Craig on board, the importance of interesting female characters, and whether perennial fan favorite Christopher Nolan might ever direct an installment. Hit the jump to read on.

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With Skyfall not yet in theaters and Daniel Craig signed on for two more films beyond that, it’ll be some time before the world has to get used to a new James Bond. But that’s never stopped fans from speculating about who could take over the coveted mantle next.

In recent days, the question has gained some renewed attention thanks to a comment by Naomie Harris. While doing the press rounds for Skyfall, the actress revealed that her Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom co-star Idris Elba had met with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli at some point about possibly tackling the role. Read more after the jump.

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We call it Sequel Bits, but technically speaking, two of these items are about prequels, not sequels. After the jump:

  • Watch a short animated prequel to The Man with the Iron Fists
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will get a prequel comic book miniseries
  • Is Michael Bay planning to shoot Transformers 4 in London?
  • Latest Skyfall clip has 007 and Q meeting for the first time
  • Which Skyfall stars are already signed on for future Bond films?
  • Zach Galifiankis goes for an eventful drive in The Hangover Part III set video

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It’s been a long four years since Quantum of Solace, but having seen Skyfall I can attest that it’s more than worth the wait. Now, with the film’s October 26 UK release and November 9 US release just around the corner, Sony / Columbia’s marketing team is turning up the heat with a new trailer, a new video production diary, and a new IMAX poster.

The cast and crew, meanwhile, are doing the press rounds, and a couple of interesting tidbits have slipped out. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson revealed in a recent interview that there were no plans to take 007 into the third dimension, while director Sam Mendes name-checked Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films as a direct inspiration for Skyfall. Read their comments and watch the new videos after the jump.

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Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln is fast approaching, which means soon we’ll hear all the obligatory quotes from the man himself about Indiana Jones 5, Robopocalypse, Jurassic Park 4, Tintin 2 and whatever other movies he’s been attached to or talked about over the years. Two movies that likely won’t be mentioned are Ben Affleck’s Argo and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall, both of which be in theaters at the same time. Maybe they should be, though, because each has an interesting, outside connection to the popular filmmaker.

Ben Affleck’s character in ArgoTony Mendez, recently recounted the entire ordeal dramatized in that film and revealed that one of the scripts his fictional production company received was written by none other than Steven Spielberg. Then, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli addressed Spielberg’s very vocal desire to direct a James Bond film in a new interview. Read the details about each, and watch an old E.T. audition that’s currently making the rounds, after the jump. Read More »

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