According to a report in British paper the Express today, Mendes is making last minute changes to the script to ramp the drama and tone down the action sequences.

A typical unnamed insider suggests that the creative team for Bond 23 are setting their sights on an Oscar nod.

The news plays on a number of facts we already know about Bond 23:

Insiders maintain that “action scenes in India have all been axed” though scenes in Istanbul and Duntrune Castle in Argyll “are still there for the moment”.

It is relatively common knowledge to bloggers and news wires that location shooting in India was formally canned earlier this year but many still suspect it will be replaced with an equally important international location, such as South Africa.

One surprising comment comes on the budget: “Given that this 007 needs to make at least £300million to break even, it may be a very high price to pay for an Oscar nomination.”

So far as we know, Bond 23 will have a smaller budget than Quantum of Solace which did not make that £300m mark. Here at Bond23.net we would be very surprised if the figure was at all accurate.

Compared with the quantity of action featured in Quantum, some fans may welcome a thinking man’s James Bond?

Further Reading


About James Bond 24 (2015)

James Bond 24 will be released in October 2015. It is produced by EON Productions, with Sam Mendes returning from Skyfall to direct. Daniel Craig is contracted for two further 007 films — Bond 24 and 25 — and will star as the British agent of MI6. Also returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Although it is unconfirmed, many expect Rory Kinnear to reprise his role as M’s chief of staff. Roger Deakins, cinematographer, and Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters, will not return. The screenplay is being penned by John Logan.

About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)

The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.