Sam Mendes Explains The 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.

The Bond discussion begins shortly after the 17-minute mark, but don't just skip everything that comes before. If you're interested in Mendes, there's a good explanation here of some of his approach to theatre and storytelling.

To summarize the comments Mendes has about Bond, he explains that he started a number of stories that are left incomplete at the end of Skyfall. Those lead to the idea of "creating the second part of a two-part story," and he says that this upcoming film is definitely connected to the previous movie. It isn't a direct narrative connection, but simply that the characters don't just appear once more, but that they age and are affected by the previous film.

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Bond 24, as it will be called until EON other involved partners announce an official title, will be directed by Mendes from a screenplay by John Logan. The reDaniel Craig will return as James Bond, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. The film will be released in the UK and US on October 23, 2015 and November 6, 2015, respectively.