Sam Mendes, Penny Dreadful and Bond 24

I ┬ájust finished watching “Skyfall” (review posted tomorrow), when I ran across some info on the next Bond film (Number 24) and its director Sam Mendes

To begin I must say, that I am happy to hear that Sam Mendes has been sought after to direct the next Bond as well. He brought back the traditional feel of the original, “old style” spy movies, that I fell in love with the first time I saw Sean Connery move across the screen, as 007.

Sam Mendes is also creating a new series for Showtime, called Penny Dreadful, which from the snippets available seems beautifully dark and menacing with a paranormal twist, that makes my heart sing. I might actually have to subscribe to Showtime now, just to see more of what Mr. Mendes has created for us.

Here is a taste of the show:

Speaking of Bond, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green (Casino Royale) are a part of the cast of this horror spectacle. John Logan is the creator behind the show, who is announced to be writing the screenplay for the next two Bond movies, and is the master behind “The Last Samurai”, “Hugo” and “Sweeney Todd”. ┬áNo stranger to the darker shade of the cinematic experience then, while leaving enough space for real plot, deeper character development and not just gore.

In more Bond news, the villain for installment 24 is rumored to be quite a surprise for me. Chiwetel Ejiofor. (Please do not ever have John Travolta try to pronounce his name in public). The lead actor of “12 Years a Slave” would make a very interesting addition, a choice I would not have expected, but has me intrigued.

Stay tuned for additional news on the James Bond movies, I will try to keep you updated.