Saturday, April 20, 2024

Windfall for “Skyfall” Director: Sam Mendes Now Officially In for Bond 24 (and Likely 25)


Oh yes, Sam Mendes is directing Bond 24 and most likely 25. Didn’t we cover this in May? I know we did. Producer Barbara Broccoli went to London in May to convince Sam to do it, and got the money he’d wanted. Daniel Craig weighed in on it, too. “Skyfall” made a billion dollars, and Mendes wanted a better deal. Now he’s got it. John Logan wrote 24 and 25 as a two parter, so it’s likely Mendes will do both. Adele coming back? If I were her, I’d wait for 25. Give it a rest. Plenty of people just right for 24’s theme song, from Sting to Emeli Sande. One thing Broccoli and Michael Wilson learned: make it a song by a real singer, not that hideous Madonna thing, or the completely unlistenable Alicia Keys theme. What about Judi Dench? They killed her off. Maybe it was a dream.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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