Last year's James Bond extravaganza "Skyfall" wasn't just one of the greatest entries in the franchise's long and varied history, up there with "Goldfinger" and "From Russia With Love," it was also one of the best movies of the year. Period. So it's more than exciting that Sam Mendes, the auteur behind "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition" who made an action-movie splash with "Skyfall," will be returning to direct the 24th James Bond adventure.
The upcoming movie will once again feature Daniel Craig in the role of everyone's favorite British superspy, and John Logan, the Tony Award-winning writer behind "Skyfall," is also set to return. Time to get pumped, people.
As is the case with most things James Bond, the plot specifics are being kept tightly under wraps (including the new title, which they always make a big deal about). The release dates have been set, though, with October 23, 2015, for the UK rollout and November 6 for its American debut. This is at least a year later than Sony, MGM, and EON Productions wanted for the next installment, but Mendes was adamant about needing more time. Since these things are basically operations akin to building a small city, it's totally understandable.
In a statement accompanying the Hollywood Reporter announcement, Mendes said: "I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time."
This puts to rest the seemingly endless speculation about whether or not Mendes would return to the director's chair. Thankfully that has been answered in the affirmative.
Bond 24 now joins the 2015 box office arms race, which also includes "Jurassic Park 4," "Star Wars: Episode VII," "The Avengers 2," and "Finding Dory."