According to a report in British paper the Express today, Mendes is making last minute changes to the script to ramp the drama and tone down the action sequences.
A typical unnamed insider suggests that the creative team for Bond 23 are setting their sights on an Oscar nod.
The news plays on a number of facts we already know about Bond 23:
Insiders maintain that “action scenes in India have all been axed” though scenes in Istanbul and Duntrune Castle in Argyll “are still there for the moment”.
It is relatively common knowledge to bloggers and news wires that location shooting in India was formally canned earlier this year but many still suspect it will be replaced with an equally important international location, such as South Africa.
One surprising comment comes on the budget: “Given that this 007 needs to make at least £300million to break even, it may be a very high price to pay for an Oscar nomination.”
So far as we know, Bond 23 will have a smaller budget than Quantum of Solace which did not make that £300m mark. Here at Bond23.net we would be very surprised if the figure was at all accurate.
Compared with the quantity of action featured in Quantum, some fans may welcome a thinking man’s James Bond?