Word has it that the 24th James Bond movie in the franchise will adapt the novel Devil May Care, written by Sebastian Faulks in 2008 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bond creator Ian Fleming’s birth. It will have some big shoes to fill: 2012’s SkyFall was the most successful Bond movie ever.
The novel is a sequel to The Man With the Golden Gun, and features an evil chemist out to destroy Britain. But details are, of course, sparse. The rumor is the storyline will span movies 24 and 25. However, there are also whispers that the next movie will be Daniel Craig’s last in the iconic role of 007, so setting up a two-parter doesn’t make much sense if a new actor would be taking over for part two.
Screenwriter John Logan was less than forthcoming when he told The James Bond International Fan Club:
“All I can say about [the next Bond movie] is that I’m happily writing it. [Director] Sam Mendes would rappel through the window and kill me. My goal is to write a 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.”
The so-far untitled film is planned for release in late 2015.