'Skyfall' Scribe: The New Bond Film Is Not a Standalone
"Skyfall" is already in the production stage, but major details of the movie are still kept under wraps. Screenwriter John Logan recently opened up to Collider about his approach to the latest James Bond film, denying that the upcoming film will be a standalone as it was rumored before.
"It has nothing to do with being a standalone film, as far as I'm concerned, because I don't think these films are standalone, I think they're part of a legacy," said Logan. "When I was working on it I was deeply aware as much of 'Quantum of Solace' and 'Casino Royale' as I was of 'Thunderball', as I was of Ian Fleming in the 50s' writing it, you know you're a float in a parade."
The 50-year-old scribe went on explaining that he wanted to make sure that "Skyfall" has its action root. "The important thing for me is making sure that the action belongs in that movie, cause there's such a thing as Bond kind of action, and then there's a subset of that which is our 'Skyfall' kind of action, they all have their own definition," he said.
"And it's different than the other movies because it's unique to itself the same way a plane crash in 'The Aviator' is a different kind of action than a football scene in 'Any Given Sunday'," Logan added.
During the interview, Logan also talked about how he was first involved in the Sam Mendes-directed movie. "[Mendes] said there's this great script by Purvis and Wade that existed, but he wanted me to come on board," the screenwriter recalled.
"And I did the ultimate thing you never do which is I said, 'Yes. I don't care what you pay me, I don't care what I have to do, yes,' because I grew up - the first Bond movie I ever saw was 'Diamonds Are Forever', I remember every moment of it," he added.
Logan explained that Mendes gave him a great sense of freedom when drafting the screenplay. "What was particularly thrilling about this is the freedom, because I had the fear that you would going into a franchise movie that you have to put all the toys back in the sandbox," he said.
"But I've never felt anything but completely free as a writer to explore different material, to explore different material, to explore different ideas with these characters and this world," he continued. "It's been amongst the best experiences I've ever had on a movie. Mind you we're two weeks into filming, so we'll see."
In "Skyfall", which is the twenty-third installment of the 007 franchise, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost is.
The action film will be released on October 26, 2012 in the U.K. before opening wide in U.S. theaters on November 9 the same year. It stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe and Albert Finney.
In another news related to "Skyfall", it has been reported that former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher is having a discussion about doing the original score for the film. A source told The Sun, "They're going to talk about potentially writing and performing the song for next year's new Bond film. Nothing is signed or official, it's just being discussed at the moment."
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