‘Bond 24’ will start shooting this October, says Ralph Fiennes

Actor says he still hasn't read script for next 007 adventure

Bond 24 will begin shooting this October, according to Ralph Fiennes.

The actor, who played Gareth Mallory in Skyfall and is the replacement for Judi Dench’s M character, told MTV that work on the next film in the 007 franchise was set to start later year.

“It’s meant to start shooting in October,” he said. Asked about details for the film, however, he stated: “I haven’t read a script yet, so I can’t tell you that much. They’d probably swear me to secrecy anyway.”

Previously, James Bond scriptwriter John Logan spoke about his plans for the next two films in the series and said: “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’s a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there’s a resonance from Skyfall in the new movie.”

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have set a release date of October 23, 2015 for the next film in the series. Though the forthcoming film will be Craig’s fourth appearance as 007, he’ll still trail Roger Moore, who starred in seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985, and Sean Connery, who notched up six Bond appearances between 1962 and 1971. Pierce Brosnan has also played Bond four times, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2002.

In 2012, Skyfall became the most successful Bond film ever at the box office, grossing over $1.1 billion (£720 million) worldwide.