Skyfall turned out to be the the biggest 007 adventure ever, earning more than a billion dollars, as well as ecstatic reviews from critics and fans.
So the next installment, Bond 24, has its work cut out for it. Will the twenty-fourth official, EON-produced Bond movie have the scale of its predecessor. Returning screenwriter John Logan is feeling confident, promising, "You ain't seen nothing yet."
Just as M routinely gives Britain's most lascivious secret agent his marching orders, Ralph Fiennes has given us a heads up as to when James Bond's next cinematic adventure will kick off production.
When James Bond struts back onto the big screen in 2015, his globe-trotting, womanizing, and casual violence won't look quite as beautiful as it did the last time we saw 007.
That's because Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins won't be back to shoot the as-yet untitled Bond 24.
John Logan, busy toiling over the screenplay for the globe-trotting episode of violence and lovemaking, has revealed a little bit about Bond 24 and its connection to the last entry.
The returning writer said that he and director Sam Mendes intend to build on Skyfall, but also that Bond 24 will be "its own unique animal."
Bond 24, the follow-up to last year's Skyfall – the biggest movie ever starring Ian Fleming's sexy superspy – is now scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015, with Sam Mendes directing his second consecutive Bond adventure.
Add 007 to the already staggering list of familiar characters leading a sequel into theaters over 2015, a list that includes returns for Star Wars, The Avengers, Jurassic Park, Finding Nemo, Independence Day, The Hunger Games, and even Terminator.
Now that the next installment in the long lived James Bond franchise has a director, it's time to talk casting.
That means "Bond Girls." It seems Bond 24, as we're calling it, has found its first heart-stoppingly beautiful woman in Penelope Cruz.
Who will make the next James Bond movie just the way audiences like it?
The only sure answer to that question up until now was "Not Sam Mendes," but now it appears that the answer is, in fact, "Sam Mendes." Having previously declined the offer to direct Bond 24, the Oscar-winner has had a change of heart and is reportedly in talks to make his second consecutive 007 adventure.
With Skyfall, Sam Mendes proved emphatically that he can deliver a slick, big budget franchise picture that satisfies both fans and outsiders alike. Having delivered the biggest entry in the fifty year-old James Bond franchise with the twenty-third official entry, though, Mendes has opted not to return for Bond 24.
Prior to the release of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Sony Pictures was looking quite bullish about a trilogy of films based on the bestselling Millennium Trilogy by the late the late Swedish novelist and journalist Stieg Larsson. Director David Fincher's adaptation of the first book dropped well over a year ago and progress on the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, has been slower than anticipated.
So what gives?
The latest adventure of James Bond certainly did its part to keep Ian Fleming's superspy alive. Skyfall is probably still playing at a theater relatively near you, still adding to its $1 billion global haul and gaining more accolades from moviegoers blinding by the slickness of Roger Deakins' gorgeous cinematography.
The exceedingly pretty pictures of Skyfall will be legally available to play on smaller screens this February.