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After ruling himself out, and a list of directors being pulled together as potential helmers (including Shane Black and Nicholas Refn), it would appear that Sam Mendes is in advanced talks with Eon to return as director on the as yet untitled Bond 24.

He still hasn't signed on the line yet, but talks have restarted to get him back in the frame. This story from Deadline -

There has been much speculation on whether Mendes would come back — right now he’s knee-deep preparing for the West End launch of the stage musical Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which will then move to Broadway. That happened because Mendes bowed out, claiming that musical and King Lear were his new priorities and producers Michael Wilson and Barbra Broccoli seemed resigned to moving on. Recently, he and the producers got back in touch, and they’ve decided to wait for him to work through those other commitments. While Mendes looked doubtful, a bunch of names have been floated, from Ang Lee to Nicolas Winding Refn and Christopher Nolan. I’m not sure there is much validity to any of them, and not it is a moot point, because Mendes will be the director of the next Bond. A Mendes return should tickle the 007 crowd. Like Craig’s first outing Casino Royale, Skyfall scratched beneath the stone killer/lover Bond facade with an intelligent spy story that provided a sense of how the agent became that cold ruthless agent. Audiences responded in both cases. Neither MGM nor Sony would comment.

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It seems so, yes. I'm quite happy to see Mendes return. 'Skyfall' was far from perfect but Craig & Mendes have a great rapport and as has already been said, with Deakins on board, it was certainly the best looking Bond film so far. It also feels natural that he helm it now that he's "rebooted the reboot" and set up a bunch of new/old characters.

Crackpot guess based on nothing; Chris Cooper as Blofeld. I would have said Kevin Spacey if he hadn't already lampooned the role in 'Austin Powers'.

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Mendes now confirmed to direct, 2015 release.

http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/james-bond/26374/james-bond-24-confirmed-for-2015-sam-mendes-directing

After a fair amount of speculation, Sony Pictures has broken the news that the next James Bond film, the 24th, will be with us in 2015. The original plan, post-Skyfall, seemed to hint at a 2014 release, but Sony has confirmed that James Bond 24 will be in UK cinemas from 23rd October 2015, and worldwide from 6th November 2015.

Furthermore, it is 100% confirmed that Skyfall'sSam Mendes will be returning to direct (and presumably they've held on so they can get him), and that Daniel Craig will be reprising the role of 007 for the fourth time. John Logan has written the script.

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It seems so, yes. I'm quite happy to see Mendes return. 'Skyfall' was far from perfect but Craig & Mendes have a great rapport and as has already been said, with Deakins on board, it was certainly the best looking Bond film so far. It also feels natural that he helm it now that he's "rebooted the reboot" and set up a bunch of new/old characters.

Crackpot guess based on nothing; Chris Cooper as Blofeld. I would have said Kevin Spacey if he hadn't already lampooned the role in 'Austin Powers'.

Could you get away with bringing back Blofeld given the whole Dr Evil thing? I'm quite open to that idea, but you'd need to think carefully about how you portray him.

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Could you get away with bringing back Blofeld given the whole Dr Evil thing? I'm quite open to that idea, but you'd need to think carefully about how you portray him.

I had some notes on a Bond film years ago (pre-Casino Royale). Where I've got "bad guy", you could conceivably introduce Blofeld.

Bond Project
Bad guy is not egomaniacal villain who wants to take over the world
Bad guy has lost something (son/daughter/wife/husband) directly/indirectly by Bond's recklessness
Bad guy wants to discredit Bond
Bad guy should have some sympathetic characteristics
Opening sequence - not related to film (end of a previous Bond adventure)
Move away from action film to thriller
First act - Bond on training mission with cadets
Some kind of disaster - caused by bad guy (not known at this time)
Disaster similar to disaster that caused bad guy's loss
After disaster, Bond drops out of spy game and into a depressive funk
Second act - realisation (somehow) that Bond is not responsible
Tracking down real cause
Flashbacks from different perspectives showing bad guy's involvement
Third act - confrontation with bad guy
Resolution - bad guy realises that Bond is not to blame for original disaster but unable to break mindset of killing him
Locations - Australia, South America, Canada

I know. Don't give up the day job...

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The best Blofeld moment is when the cat starts visibly clawing the fuck out of Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice and he keeps acting like a trooper throughout despite his arm being turned into a pincushion.

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I was under the impression that they couldn't use Blofeld because of some licencing issue? Same reason they changed SPECTRE to Quantum. I'd like to see a Blofeld-like ultrabaddie though.

There was an issue with Kevin McClory (same guy with the Thunderball/Never Say Never Again issue), which led to someone looking like Blofeld, but never actually named, being killed off in For Your Eyes Only. But I think that's been settled since. He has appeared in modern official games too.

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I'm so excited Mendes is back.

Skyfall was so visually beautiful, so stripped back story-wise, and so character-driven.

I fell back in love with Bond when I saw that recently. :wub:

I'm really disappointed.

Casino Royale was fantastic. In an era where the Bourne movies had claimed the genre crown, Casino Royale showed Bond could be as gritty and cold blooded as Jason Bourne. Quantum of Solace was a bit of a misstep but Skyfall was generic action film 101 that had a really old fashioned storyline. They hit a home run with Casino Royale but Mendes take on Bond was oddly average.

They should grow some balls, give the gig to Nicolas Winding Refn to shake things up.

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ISkyfall was generic action film 101 that had a really old fashioned storyline. They hit a home run with Casino Royale but Mendes take on Bond was oddly average.

I haven't read much comment on Skyfall, so have no idea if yours is a widely held view or not... but I just loved so many scenes in the film. Off the top of my head: the interrogation / debriefing / word association scene (tense), the silent shadow fighting scene in Shanghai (beautifully shot) and the villain shooting the girl scene (shocking and brutal). The script was super tight too - tense and wonderfully efficient. It really hit the spot for me, in a very different way to the Bourne films.

Having said that, I really liked Casino Royale too.

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Shame about this news, was hoping for something more Casino Royale rather than more beautiful but pointless stuff. Skyfall kind of seems like they decided to do some different stuff with a Bomd film but it all got reduced so its pointless. The idea of Bond giving up and sitting about drinking is kind of interesting, but that scene where the woman shoots him off the train is utterly stupid. The idea of him being two old (even though he newly qualified five minutes ago in Casino) is kind of engaging, but they forget about it completely for the middle of the film and then the resolution is that he decides to be awesome and win.

The whole idea of giving him a backstory is pointless, and then that ending just becomes explosions and shooting anyway. Bardem deserves a better film with a better script, he's brilliant in it but everything his character does is nonsensical. The "hacking" bits are 80's movie computer shit, and the constant recycling of old names stuck on to characters that are totally different is lazy and pointless.

It's no wonder studios are trying to slap a franchise on anything if just having Bond on it means that people overlook the myriad flaws of such a deeply average movie.

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I think the last five minutes made it better than it should because I've been dying for them to get back to the proper Bond staples, so I came out of the cinema grinning like a wally. I preferred it to QoS which I found horribly dull, but like the other Craig films, there is a lack of fun in them. You could always tell that Brosnan's Bond enjoyed what he was doing, but I never get that from Craig.

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but like the other Craig films, there is a lack of fun in them. You could always tell that Brosnan's Bond enjoyed what he was doing, but I never get that from Craig.

..reflection of the times we live in, the world was quite a fun place before George W Bush and 9/11.

..or is that just the rose tints kicking in...hmm.

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The best Blofeld moment is when the cat starts visibly clawing the fuck out of Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice and he keeps acting like a trooper throughout despite his arm being turned into a pincushion.

That bit ?

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That bit ?

Haha it's hardly surpassing the cats freaks out with all the explosions and noise going on around him.

I'm still not sure what I thought about Skyfall.

It had some really great moments (one being the Castle grounds shoot out) and I thought the bad guy was very good but overall I didn't think it was as great as everyone made out. The plot seemed a bit pointless. Was his goal just to kill M cause it seems like a very long way to go to do something he could have done easily enough right at the start with the blowing up of MI6.

I dunno, maybe I need to watch it again but I don't think it's better than Casino Royale at all.

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