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John Logan close to completing first draft of Bond 24

The screenwriter who came on board the 007 franchise along with his colleague Sam Mendes with Skyfall is almost ready to submit a draft. Says the writer in a recent interview:

“Right now the first draft [of Bond 24] is almost done, I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam Mendes, and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling.”

As readers will note, Logan is pretty explicit that it will pick up where Skyfall left. Does this just allude to the new M and Moneypenny who joined the cast? Does this mean that Judi “M” Dench’s ghost may be weighing down 007 for a few more adventures? What else springs to mind?

He confirmed, also, that filming on James Bond 24 would start in October this year. He refused to comment on Blofeld and Quantum rumors, although the Quantum arc has been left thoroughly open. It has been rumored in the past that Logan was on board for two adventures that could well be back to back outings. Logan refused to comment, saying, let him get on with Bond 24 before addressing Bond 25. Bond 25 is the last of the current contract Craig has with Bond’s producers.

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James Bond 24 to build on “Skyfall” themes

James Bond 24 screenwriter John Logan – who came onboard Skyfall late in the process to work with Sam Mendes – has been signed to write the next two 007 adventures, James Bond 24 and 25.

“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 writer told IGN earlier this year.

“I grew up on the Bond movies,” Logan said of his own connection to the franchise. “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 Flemming 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.”

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Screenwriter John Logan explains how the “Skyfall” villain goes ‘mano-a-mano’ with Bond

John Logan is new to the Bond franchise, but already his debut, Skyfall, is winning critics hearts and getting the popular vote with phenomenal turnouts at the box offices.

Logan explained how the character of Silva and 007 spar in a long dialogue scene that introduces Javier Bardem’s character.

The sequence makes passing reference to Bond’s homoerotic past as a public schoolboy. Logan clears up some of his thinking behind the references to 007′s “gay past” and the of writing of Bardem’s camp character:

“Some people claim it’s because I’m, in fact, gay but not true at all,” Logan told The Hollywood Reporter at the NYC premiere of the film, thrown by Tribeca Film Institute. “Sam and I were discussing, there were so many scenes where Bond goes mano-a-mano with the villain, whether it’s Dr. No or Goldfinger or whatever, and there’s been so many ways to do a cat-and-mouse and intimidate Bond, and we thought, what would truly make the audience uncomfortable is sexual intimidation; playing the sort of homoerotic card that is sort of always there subtextually with characters like Scaramanga in Man With the Golden Gun or Dr. No. So we just decided that we should play the card and enjoy it.”

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IMDb forums user claims to have been part of the “Skyfall” test screening

A user of the IMDb forums, lizze-sandy81, posted recently that she had seen Skyfall cut together as part of a test audience. This is not uncommon practice and the poster is clearly a Bond fan, having followed the production quite closely. Some points of note, if genuine, are that Skyfall is currently edited to an impressive length (after the short and ultimately bitter Quantum of Solace). The film is reportedly almost three hours long, with the Scottish scenes starting around 2 hours into the film.

The poster also makes nods to the fact that Ralph Fiennes’ office is dressed much like M’s in the early years and the relationship between Fiennes and his subordinates brings to mind the old M-Bond relationship.

The pre credit sequence is reportedly 20 odd minutes (rivalling The World Is Not Enough for length).

Finally the soundtrack has yet to be completed, so scores from old Bond films were used as filler and the OHMSS theme music played in place of the title track.

For some of the more subjective points, you can read the whole review here.

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“Skyfall” international trailer

Surprisingly different, and surprisingly more revealing than the teaser trailer (and indeed the IMAX teaser trailer that was leaked recently), the first international theatrical trailer was released online:

A first real look at Javier Bardem as Silva, after the peak we got in the Olympics TV spot. We also see James Bond “die” – the climax to the Turkish train sequence! – and come back from the dead to aid MI6 and M when top secret data is stolen.

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Mendes reveals Bond/Severine shower scene

Bond will be romancing the enigmatic Severine in a steamy Skyfall shower sequence.

Director Sam Mendes let the ‘spoiler’ slip in his recent interview with GQ, which also features the new Bond girl, Berenice Marlohe, on the cover.

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Skyfall burning

Further developments are happening on what has come to be called, at least in our office, Skyfall Common.

The photos (after the jump) should give everyone an indication of why they simply could not film the scenes on the real location in Scotland.

Click through for some juicy spoilers pertaining to the Skyfall climax.

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No “Skyfall” novelization in the works

The Book Bond learned today that Ian Fleming Publications is not planning to novelize the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, which also celebrates 50 years of James Bond on screen. John Cox at the Book Bond learns this directly from Corinne Turner, MD of Ian Fleming Publications.

The last novelization of a film was Die Another Day but prior to this three film hiatus, the duties were carried out by the incumbent 007 author, John Gardner or Raymond Benson.

As IFP doesn’t appear to have anyone on contract, we guess it is not too surprising that Bond won’t be back in a new literary adventure this year… but Fleming’s 14 novels will be reprinted by Vintage.

Replica Scottish manor house built in Surrey

A key plot development and location for the forthcoming James Bond film, Skyfall, will be a Scottish lodge, potentially with ties to Bond’s heritage.

James Bond website MI6 has spies working overtime to bring a few pictures from the set.

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“Skyfall” callsheets leak Javier Bardem’s character name

A copy of some Skyfall call sheets (which detail scene numbers, character involvement and a quick summary of the action) and scheduling were recently leaked onto the internet via an anonymous eBay seller.

The information inclosed concerns scenes early in the film involving M, Bond, Tanner and the famed MI6 building.

Whilst pictures from this shoot are dime-a-dozen, some characters are involved in another sequence spotted on the same call sheet, including Skyfall‘s main villain played by Javier Bardem.

Click through to read more about what we saw before the links and photos were removed.

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