Sam Mendes has already come up with the plot for Bond 24, despite not having signed on for the Skyfall follow-up, yet. In a statement confirming their departure from the franchise, screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade revealed that the Oscar-winning director has already drawn up plans for Daniel Craig's fourth outing as 007.

"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," said Wade in a statement, reported by the Metro. Logan - who wrote Gladiator, Rango and Hugo - was brought in to re-writer Purvis and Wade's script for Skyfall and has been hired to work on the next Bond instalment, due out in 2014. On their decision to bow out of the movies, Wade explained, "We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it's good to go out on a high with Skyfall." The movie has broken records after a phenomenal couple of weeks at the box office, becoming the most successful Bond film of all time. It features Daniel Craig as weaker potentially vulnerable Bond, doing battle with the terrifying Raoul Silva, played by Spanish star Javier Bardem. Craig has signed a £31 million deal to make two further Bond films (likely to be his final two), though Mendes had previously said he would only make a follow-up to Skyfall if cinemagoers wanted to see it. He told Time Out, "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." The people have most certainly spoken and it seems their preference is for Mendes and Craig to collaborate on the next movie. 

Though financial difficulties delayed the production of Skyfall, the movie's eventual haul at the box office should make things simpler for the follow-up. Filming is likely to get underway in 2013, with a late 2014 release date.