Connection Between Skyfall and Bond 24

When Skyfall was released, director Sam Mendes was adamant that he would not do another James Bond movie. That approach to the series changed fairly quickly, however, and Mendes was soon signed to make the follow-up, the currently-untitled Bond 24. That Bond movie should shoot later this year for a 2015 release, but we still know little about it.

Sam Mendes recently appeared on the Charlie Rose show, however. The two discussed many subjects, one of which was Bond in general, and specifically some of the ideas that led to Mendes doing another Bond. Check out the conversation, featuring talk about the connection between Skyfall and Bond 24, below. Read More »

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The first teaser was brief, but this full trailer has a lot more of Green, plus blood, bodies tangled, twisted and mangled, insects and spiders, and all manner of creepy weirdo images. There’s a lot to take in, and it should be safe for work, though perhaps not for those in particularly sensitive jobs. Read More »

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Penny Dreadful

Sam Mendes and John Logan worked together to bring us Skyfall in 2012, and they’re teaming for the next Bond movie as well. But before that gets going, they’re reuniting for a very different kind of project.

Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is a sort of horror mash-up, weaving famed monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dorian Gray together into one spooky Victorian-era yarn. Josh Hartett plays the dashing but complicated hero, and Eva Green (another Bond alum, come to think of it) is the mysterious heroine. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) directed the first two episodes. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.

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Sam Mendes Confirmed to Direct ‘Bond 24′

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on Skyfall set

Sam Mendes first said there was little to no chance he’d be back to direct another James Bond film after Skyfall. Producers continued to hope he’d return to the fold, and weeks ago a rumored shortlist of potential directors for the next Bond film was trumped by the unofficial word that Mendes was prepping to sign. (He even downplayed that a bit, afterward.)

Now Columbia Pictures has confirmed that Mendes is signed on to direct Bond 24. Read the full press release after the jump.

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Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on Skyfall set

Briefly: More than likely, Sam Mendes is telling people he’s not yet committed to Bond 24 to forestall any questions about what the movie is going to be. But all the same, the director who once ruled out making another Bond film to follow Skyfall, but who was then all but confirmed to direct Bond 24 (and Bond 25) is saying that nothing is set in stone at this point. Read More »

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