Monday, 5 May 2014

Sam Mendes explains his return for Bond 24

Veteran American interviewer Charlie Rose has had plenty of big scoops over the years, but his latest piece of entertainment news is pretty huge – for James Bond fans at least. Speaking to Skyfall (2012) director Sam Mendes, the topic of 007 naturally came up, along with quite a few enlightening details.

First of all, Mendes explained his decision to direct Bond 24 after initially balking when he realised that he'd started a "number of stories that were incomplete", adding "I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q. I felt there was a second part of a two-part story... " He also mentions that hearing the first Skyfall audience's roar of happiness – the "orgy of nostalgia", as he puts it – when the Aston Martin DB5 was revealed helped persuade him.

Also making things easier was Bond HQ's willingness to be flexible. "[It helped] when [Eon] agreed to wait a little longer and not go immediately – not go with two movies [and instead] go with one, which I felt very strongly about."

He also mentions that Bond 24 will feel like the second part of Skyfall, although it will not have a direct narrative continuation. Scriptwriter John Logan (Hugo) has so far refused to comment on the two-part story idea now being disbanded, so it's fascinating to learn that Bond will now be back in individual – albeit connected – installments.

The full interview is well worth watching, but if you just want to hear more about Daniel Craig's super spy alter-ego, jump to around 17 minutes in.

Bond 24 is released in the UK on 23 October 2015 and in the US on 6 November 2015.

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