With "Skyfall" having turned the already mega-successful James Bond franchise into a full blown $1.1 billion dollar juggernaut, the pressure is on for the producers to come up with a satisfying follow-up.
As previously reported, Skyfall's writer John Logan has planned out the next two films in the series with Sam Mendes set to return to direct the first of them. Speaking at the TCA press tour for Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" series, Logan was asked about the status of the next Bond film.
He did confirm to IGN that the next two films would carry forward what had been established in "Skyfall," namely a return of the classic elements of the character from characters like Miss Moneypenny & Q, to a tone that's more jovial - and yet still keeps the contemporary edge of the Craig era:
"My goal is to write a great movie that's appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal. The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there's resonance from Skyfall in the new movie.
I grew up on the Bond movies. The first one I saw was Diamonds Are Forever, when I was a kid. I just loved them to pieces. I love all the elements, from the books -- mostly from the novels; going back to Ian Flemming is where I started with Skyfall -- and there's certainly elements of the movies and the novels that we've brought into the new movie, as they did into Skyfall."
With EON now having scored back the rights to the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the nemesis of the Sean Connery-era Bond, Logan was asked about the new film's villain and whether Blofeld would make an appearance.
All Logan would say was: "You know, I think our villain's appropriate to the story we're telling."