Skyfall Sequel Storyline Already Formulated by Sam Mendes

Daniel Craig As James Bond

Sam Mendes has come up with a storyline for a sequel to Skyfall, his current blockbuster James Bond movie, according to the outgoing writers of the past five 007 films.

Speaking during an appearance at the fourth Doha Tribeca film festival in Qatar, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis said they felt as though they were leaving the long-running spy saga in good shape after working on the series since 1999's The World Is Not Enough. John Logan, who worked with the pair on Skyfall, is in line to take on screenwriting duties for the next two 007 films.

Wade said: "We're very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we've gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time." Purvis added: "We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace but it's good to go out on a high with Skyfall."

Mendes has not yet signed on for further Bond films and his return would mark something of a departure for the series. Few directors have made more than one Bond film in recent times, with the exception being Martin Campbell (albeit 11 years apart for 1995's GoldenEye and 2006's Casino Royale). However, Terence Young shot three films – Dr No, From Russia with Love and Thunderball – between 1962 and 1965, and Guy Hamilton managed four between 1964's Goldfinger and 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun.

Mendes, the Oscar-winning British director of American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, has nevertheless indicated his willingness to return should audiences enjoy Skyfall. Few would disagree that such has been the case: the 23rd Bond film surpassed 2006's Casino Royale to become the highest-grossing 007 film of all time while picking up rave reviews from critics. It is even being tipped, in some quarters, for an Oscars run.

"I've enjoyed it enough to do it again," Mendes told Time Out in an interview conducted prior to Skyfall's release. "I think the choice is in the audience's hands. If people love the movie and they want to see another one from the same people who brought you Skyfall, then that would mean a lot to me. I would feel like, 'Well, actually there are people who really want to see it'.

"But I feel like I've put everything I want to do with a Bond movie into this Bond movie. I would have to feel the same again to do another one. So, it would take a lot of thought to try and make it as special to me as this. I'm knackered, but I've loved it."

Daniel Craig, who makes his third outing as 007 in Skyfall, is contracted to star in at least two further films.

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