Rumor has been circulating about the availability of award-winning director Sam Mendes to helm the new James Bond movie.
Now two time James Bond director Martin Campbell (GoldenEye and Casino Royale) – famed for his role in introducing James Bond actors Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan – has come out to bat for the American Beauty director.
Speaking with the Brit site Time Out, Campbell said:
Sam will do a splendid job. I felt “Quantum of Solace” completely lost its way. We were lucky on “Casino Royale”, it was the origin story of Bond. Bond had the one and only affair that meant anything to him, and affected him throughout the rest of the series. I had sympathy for the writers after that because clearly the guy can’t have another meaningful relationship, he’s been fucked over by the last one. But you’ve got to do something with the character, he’s got to go somewhere. I’m sure Sam and Peter Morgan will come up with something. The secret to Bond is to remember it’s Bond. It’s been successful.
Much of Mendes involvement in the new James Bond 23 will be limited until MGM are released from their financial woes. Nevertheless, this may ease some tension that has dominated James Bond fans’ discussions in the last month with people wary about Mendes’ involvement. With Campbell’s backing, the Bondsphere may have less cause for alarm.