Skyfall writer John Logan currently is busy completing production his new horror series for Showtime, Penny Dreadful. But he took a break from shooting on location in Ireland to attend this week’s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour for early promotion of the series, and sat down with IGN.
Little is known about the upcoming 24th and 25th Bond films, but we do know that Daniel Craig will be back as the titular hero along with Skyfall director Sam Mendes and John Logan himself. Logan of course was hesitant to reveal details about any story:
“All I can say about Bond is that I’m happily writing it, Sam [Mendes] would rappel through the window and kill me.”
Though the writer did indicate to the site that the next two films would carry forward what had been established with Skyfall, namely to recapture and contemporize some of the classic elements of Bond:
“My goal is to write a great movie that’s appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal. The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there’s resonance from Skyfall in the new movie.”
Speaking about his lifelong love for the franchise, Logan also says the new film will feature elements from all across Bond’s history.
“I grew up on the Bond movies, The first one I saw was Diamonds Are Forever, when I was a kid. I just loved them to pieces. I love all the elements, from the books — mostly from the novels; going back to Ian Fleming is where I started with Skyfall — and there’s certainly elements of the movies and the novels that we’ve brought into the new movie, as they did into Skyfall.”
Commenting on one of the most memorable elements in Skyfall , Javier Bardem’s villainous Silva:
“He was just fantastic!”
Logan added that the creative team didn’t feel pressure to match the success of that villain as each story requires its own unique antagonist.
It was recently announced that Eon, the production company behind the Bond franchise, just got back the rights back to several fixtures of the Bond world, including Ernst Stavro Blofeld. As such, fans have been wondering if we may see Blofeld and SPECTRE to make an appearance in the next Bond film:
“You know, I think our villain’s appropriate to the story we’re telling.”
The film is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015 and in US theaters on November 6, 2015.