Although we still don’t have an official title, it looks as though the upcoming Bond 24 will begin filming by the end of the year.
According to Variety, the latest instalment of the James Bond franchise – the follow-up to the hugely successful Skyfall – will begin filming by 6 December 2014. And that means we could get our first glimpse of the next Bond movie by the end of the year.
“Sam Mendes will begin filming the 24th James Bond film on Dec. 6, with the main cast members meeting for a table read that date at Pinewood Studios,” they reveal. And after a number of rumours that the script was undergoing an extensive rewrite, we’re happy to see that the film is coming along nicely.
“Daniel Craig will return as the iconic British spy for his fourth Bond movie,” they explain. “Also reprising their roles will be Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as Q.”
It certainly sounds as though it’s a pretty standard affair with most of the key Skyfall players returning to the franchise. Of course, the subject of the upcoming film remains (like Bond himself) shrouded in secrecy.
Of course, Bond 24 was recently the subject of a particularly controversial rewrite – some insiders indicating that the script was deemed ‘not funny enough’ and was passed on to give it a bit more life.
Written by John Logan, the rewrites were then undertaken by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – rounding out the very same team who tackled its predecessor, Skyfall.
But will Bond 24 match up to the stylish charm of the previous film? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but I get the feeling we’re going to find out soon enough.