Sam Mendes has an idea for Bond 24

And longtime screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade leave the franchise

While Sam Mendes has yet to confirm that he’ll be returning to direct another Bond film, the signs are looking increasingly promising that the Skyfall helmer will take the reins on 007’s next outing.

According to long-term Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, Mendes already has an idea in place for a potential follow-up, although they themselves will be leaving the franchise after a five-film residency.

“We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies,” said Wade in an official statement. “I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

The duo worked on the scripts for all the Daniel Craig films, as well as The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. They co-wrote Skyfall with Logan, giving them an opportunity to “go out on a high”.

Mendes has remained tight-lipped on his chances of returning, although with Skyfall smashing box office records left right and centre, we’d be surprised if Sony let him go without a fight. And, given that he's come up with the idea for Bond 24, it should at least have his fingerprints over it...

Would you like to see Mendes return? Tell us, below!


    • Ali1748

      Nov 20th 2012, 7:47

      Sir Christopher Nolan to direct Bond 24 please.

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    • trist808

      Nov 20th 2012, 8:35

      Sam Mendes will return ...

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    • NickyC

      Nov 20th 2012, 9:31

      Yes please, Mr. Mendes and please bring Mr. Deakins with you again. Ali1748, your Nolan sycophancy is saddening and obvious.

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    • Hadouken76

      Nov 20th 2012, 9:45

      Jason Issacs as Blofeld! ( A smartly dressed one, not a Dr Evil-clone)

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    • Kellend11

      Nov 20th 2012, 10:19

      Nolan is good, but I am bored with this 'Nolan to direct this, Nolan to direct that, Nolan Nolan Nolan!' (No offence Ali)

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    • drbond1980

      Nov 20th 2012, 10:59

      Skyfall is good but the second half was far too sentimental which I guess is Mendes influence

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    • alexr

      Nov 20th 2012, 12:22

      Thing is, Nolan is a good director so he's gonna get suggested as director for every new film coming up at the moment. Personally, I'd love to see a Nolan Bond, but not until Daniel Craig hangs up the walther and the role moves on.

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    • SammyRoberts88

      Nov 20th 2012, 12:54

      I agree with alexr. A Nolan Bond would be very cool to see but Daniel Craig's Bond would not fit his style at all. Mendes should return. I LOVE what he did with Skyfall. It was very nostalgic and visually romantic but i just wooed over the gorgeous settings and the cinematography of the Scotland showdown. It was stunning. If Mendes did have the influence over the second half, then he has my vote.

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    • SiMan

      Nov 20th 2012, 13:42

      As long as it's not a 'follow-up' in the traditional sense a-la Quantum of nonsense. I think they should keep them all as seperate adventures and not refer to past films. That's what the Bond films are all about!

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    • mephistopheles

      Nov 20th 2012, 14:49

      Please god no! He's done enough to destroy everything I like about Bond. If I want dark minimalist psychological realism I will turn on the news.

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    • joshtorok

      Nov 20th 2012, 14:52

      One thing that could do when they switch to a new Bond is set the next run in the past. So in the 60's again, seeing as pastiche is so popular. There would be no justifications needed, you could bring in all your espionage devices and gadgets, put in the machismo and have the classic cars and outfits. Would be really fun to see.

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    • anant

      Nov 20th 2012, 16:58

      i liked most of the things about skyfall, but please bond was far too sentimental and troubled for my choice. i want the next to be more casino royale less skyfall. and completely agree with nolan comment, he is far too superior director to follow someones else's vision of bond. i feel nolan should launch the fassbender bond. and i honestly feel nolan should go back to his indie roots, dark knight rises was his least impressive outing, nuclear bomb destroyed in ocean can be tolerated from a great director but from nolan we expect more, we expect begins, we expect memento and most importantly we expect dark knight every freaking time! i am not against mendes's return but please dont show bond as a week sentimental bond, and craig should do one more bond not the next, his age is showing. all right done with the rant.

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 21st 2012, 2:49

      Well forgive me for wanting a talented director in his prime to get a big series like Bond. Ever since I saw the third dream section of Inception I've wanted Nolan to direct Bond.

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    • tomlock

      Jan 6th 2013, 0:48

      Dr Evil was a clone of blofeld, was he not, Hadouken76? You're right Anant. Craig's age is showing and to be honest I've never really like him as Bond. He's a great actor and does fantastic action but he just isn't Bond. He doesn't have class, sophistication or the finesse of Bond. He's a muscley hollywood action brute. Why Clive Owen was never called upon, I don't know. I know it's a cliche to say Conery was the best Bond but when reading Flemming's books, I couldn't help but picture Connery in my mind's eye. He's the closest to Flemming's creation as it has got. No, Ali1748! Chris Nolan, keep your filthy hands off Bond! Nolan is the most awful director known to man. He takes a fantastic idea and a great story, throws money at it and makes a total mess. In 10 years, people will look back at the batman films, see them for what they are, press stop and sell the DVD's on ebay. I thought 'Begins' was fantastic but 'Dark Knight' was a massive massive let down and anticlimax, as was 'Dark Knight Rises'. He's got no idea how to tell a story. Batman - Dark Knight Rises. Don't just like it becasue you think you should. See my FB comment below. I’ve already seen The Dark Knight Rises several times and have found that many questions and problems still linger in our minds (see Dave’s review and Germain’s review). What’s consistently baffling about Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is people’s willingness to forgive Nolan for extremely problematic staging and editing, and for screenwriting crimes that would put any other writer/director in “script jail.” What follows are the 15 biggest issues we had with The Dark Knight Rises. Some of these are major problems with the film, while others are minor niggles. But they all have one thing in common: they all jolted us out of the film and took away from our ability to get lost in Nolan’s world. We wrote this piece not to troll, but simply to articulate some of our own issues with the film and hold them up for examination. Two warnings before you proceed: 1) MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW, 2) If you think you’ll be upset by this article, based just on the title, it’s probably a good idea if you just pass this one by. When and how did Bane find out about Batman’s identity and Applied Sciences? - When Bane and Batman first meet, Bane knows his true identity. He likely learned this from Talia Al Ghul, his boss, who likely learned it from Ra’s Al Ghul, her father. But the timeline doesn’t quite fit. Talia Al Ghul and Bane were trained when Taila was young and escaped the pit. Maybe around 12. She and Bruce seem to be around the same age so, that was about 15 years before Bruce met R’as in his late 20s. Bruce then kills Ra’s mere months later at which point Ra’s finds out Bruce is Batman. So did Ra’s call his daughter at some point in this small window, tell her Bruce is Batman, then give her the idea to become a Wayne Enterprise Board Member (even though the nuclear device didn’t exist yet) as a long con back up if his plan in Batman Begins failed? Seems like there should be a more concrete explanation as this information is crucial. And even if that’s how it went down, it doesn’t explain how she or Bane knew about the existence of the Applied Sciences wing of Wayne Enterprises, that it was Batman’s armory and its specific location in the building. Yet they do because Bane was building his hideout right below it. Even if the aforementioned identity leak was possible, Lucius Fox himself said Applied Sciences was “completely off the books.” Blake Intuits That Bruce Wayne is Batman - WTF, dude? First of all, I’m highly skeptical that anyone could “see” just by looking at Bruce Wayne’s face that he was Batman. But even if this were not-at-all implausible, the fact that this development occurs in the first act of the film is a strong indicator of this film’s issues (namely, the need to cram in as much plot development as possible). In any other film, such a reveal would normally come after the end of some sort of prolonged interaction between these two characters, where it might be somewhat understandable that one character saw the truth in the other. Here, they get it out of the way right from the beginning in a fashion so abrupt that it has no emotional resonance whatsoever. Bruce Wayne Is Down, Then Back Up, Then Down, Then Back Up… – Wayne begins this movie with a significant limp, which is remedied with a pretty cool-looking electronic brace. We spend a lot of time watching him ramp up, and we’re thrilled to watch him finally kick a*s again…only to see him get totally incapacitated by Bane about two thirds of the way through the film. At first, I thought this might be a brilliant, ballsy, unprecedented move: would Nolan really take the hero out of the final climactic battle sequence?! Nope, turns out it foretells that we just have a bunch more movie to go. We get to watch him recuperate again before finally facing Bane at the end (sans limp, btw, even without the brace). So, wait, WTF was the point of having Bruce Wayne go through that arc twice in one film? For a miniseries or a TV show it might’ve been worked, but in the course of one film it just feels really drawn out and unnecessary. Also, I’m no medical doctor, but I have a feeling a broken back takes more than just a few weeks, some ropes, and a firm smack to the vertebrae to fix. (Update: Some readers have noted that Bane says the bomb has a timer of approximately 5 months right before Batman gets sent to prison. But we have no idea how long Bruce is in the prison before he even decides to get his vertebrae fixed and begins to train. So the “few weeks” approximation might be a “few weeks” too little. But still not as long as the estimated year and a half estimate for a real-world version of Bruce’s injury.) Also, if Blake was able to put this together, wouldn’t other Gothamites have started to put two and two together? As a separate issue, by the end of the film, practically all the main characters already know that Bruce Wayne is Batman. By the time Commissioner Gordon figures it out while Batman is taking off, I didn’t think “Wow, what a revelatory moment!” Rather, I thought, “Oh man, he is so late to the party on this one.” With that in mind, Sam Mendes fro Bond 24 please.

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    • brettmanahan

      Jan 14th 2013, 20:20

      Michael Shannon would be perfect for the new Jaws. He looks exactly like him.

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