So what do we know about the upcoming, 24th installment of the James Bond franchise? We know that Daniel Craig will be back for what right now will be his penultimate performance of the iconic British super spy and that Skyfall Sam Mendes will be returning to behind the camera to execute the same duties here. We have also been told that the storyline for the film will also not be the first half of a bigger story to be told across two movies.
We also now know that the film’s screenplay will not be based on the 2008 James Bond novel Devil May Care.
The rumor that Bond 24 would be adapted from Sebastian Faulks’ best-seller originated at the British tabloid The Sun. However, the Bond site The Book Bond is reporting from their sources that this is most notably not the case.
Faulk’s book was published in the UK on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Bond’s creator Ian Flemming. Set in 1967 during the classic period for literary James Bond, the story saw Bond chasing down an evil chemist and saw Faulkes writing in the style of Flemming.
While I liked Faulks novel very much, as well as all of the other non-Flemming penned Bond novels that I have read, I don’t think that Eon Productions would ever pursue them for the film series. Eon only holds the film rights to the Flemming novels and the characters therein. To adapt any of the non-Flemming books they would have to negotiate with the author for for the rights to their story and given that they have the ability to create their own stories, I don’t see them wanting to go to the extra expense of buying the rights to pre-existing material.