Dossiers tagged with "Sam Mendes"

Roger Deakins will not be back for Bond 24

The fantastic cinematographer that added an extra layer of sophistication to Skyfall has regrettably confirmed he wont be working on Bond 24. In February 2014 he told Thompson on Hollywood that he would not be back for the film. He added that Sam Mendes and John Logan, who would be returning from Skyfall, had particular contributions to make to the 24th instalment in the franchise, but that he didn’t “know what else I could do with it, really”.

The news didn’t really make much of a splash until, several days later, Kristopher Tapley tweeted that he had had dinner with Deakins and heard the news firsthand. “At dinner with Deakins last night I learned some news that makes me sad: He won’t be shooting the next Bond,” tweeded the hifix reporter.

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Daniel Craig had a hand in wooing Mendes to direct “Skyfall”

In a new interview with UK’s Esquire magazine, Bond star Daniel Craig relates a funny story about how thespian turned action-adventure director of Skyfall, Sam Mende, landed the directorial duties of this film.

“It’s a very showbizzy story. I was at Hugh Jackman’s house in New York. It was a soiree – we were in a play together – and Sam [film and theatre director Sam Mendes] was there. I’d had a few too many drinks and I went, ‘How do you fancy directing a Bond?’ And he kind of looked at me, and he went, ‘Yeah!’ And it snowballed from there.”

In the same interview Craig also revealed how he gets personally, emotively involved in the production of the Bond adventures:

“Bond movies live or die on their popularity. They force you to care about what people think. And I’m involved [in the films] on a very deep level. I have it in my mind all the time…So there’s that kind of pressure, and that’s an enemy in any art form, acting especially.”

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Mendes reveals Bond/Severine shower scene

Bond will be romancing the enigmatic Severine in a steamy Skyfall shower sequence.

Director Sam Mendes let the ‘spoiler’ slip in his recent interview with GQ, which also features the new Bond girl, Berenice Marlohe, on the cover.

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Sam Mendes says he wanted to create a real Bond villain

According to a comment the Director of Skyfall made to the media recently, Sam Mendes wanted to up the ante in terms of villainy seen in the 23rd James Bond film.

[It's been] a while since there was a classic … what I would call a classic Bond villain. I’m not saying these guys weren’t great. I thought Mads [Mikkelsen] was particularly good in Casino Royale

But I wanted somebody perhaps a bit more flamboyant, perhaps a bit more frightening, and so I felt like we needed a great actor to achieve that.

Sam Mendes ultimately cast Javier Bardem as the villain Raoul Silva – whose motives remain a closely guarded secret.

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New still and on-set video posted to 007.com

James Bond well and truly back.

007.com has posted a new official still (the same one seen in Empire’s preview a few months back) and a all new video diary from Skyfall director Sam Mendes.

Watch it here:

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Skyfall filming commences at Pinewood – two stars added to the cast list

The twitter elves over at @007 – the official James Bond twitter feed – have been busy!

They are celebrating the start of principal photography with a behind-the-scenes shot of the Skyfall clapperboard. The are shooting in what looks to be a damp, dilapidated bathroom… It might even remind fans of the opening to Casino Royale:

 

The 007 twitter feed also broke the news that two new cast members have been confirmed: Helen McCrory, the British actress who has recently played in Harry Potter and The Queen will be joining the cast. Also confirmed is Ola Rapace, a Swedish actor known for the TV series Wallander.

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Skyfall press conference highlights

Aside from the factoids about the forthcoming James Bond film, the press conference gave 007 fans a teaser of what they can expect this time next year. Here’s a few basic highlights from the press conference:

The MC explains, as was first (to the best of our knowledge) reported on MI6, that 3rd November marks the day that Sean Connery was ushered onto the world stage as 007 in 1961.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are welcomed to the stage to reveal the “worst kept secret in London” – the title of the James Bond film, Skyfall.

Sam Mendes is welcomed onto the stage to confirm a few rumors. He confirmed that a major set piece was to be shot in London’s Whitehall. Pervis, Wade and John Logan have written a “fantastic script” and Mendes is “incredibly excited”.

Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney will be playing top secret parts in scenes that Mendes cannot (or will not) reveal. “They might… or they might not…” was the answer Mendes offered for a well-posed question about if these would be characters Bond fans would recognise from the canon.

Just in case you were wondering Mendes pronounces the French actress’s name: “Bera-niece Mar-low” and the long-associated villain of the piece: “Hav-ear Bar-dem”.

Dame Judi is introduced by Mendes as a “young actress” that “some of you might not have heard of” but who “has a promising career ahead of her”.

Asked about what attracted him to Bond 23, Mendes claims to be a “huge fan of the Bond movies”. Mendes got “very excited” when he saw Craig in Casino Royale, which he “loved”, so working with Craig in Skyfall was part of the attraction. “Working with Sam is a dream come true” for Barbara Broccoli. Mendes’ “boyish excitement is really infectious,” says Broccoli.

Wilson says that “nobody thought we would get to 50 years of Bond” in 1961. Wilson tips his hat to the fans who supported the franchise all these years.

Craig says they have an “incredible crew”.

Dench suggests that she will never “get a grip on who M is” – nor anyone in the MI6 offices.

Harris says that she’s well into her training for the action sequences and feel’s “really ready” for what 007 can throw at her.

Mendes explains that there will be “lots of surprises” when quizzed about the return of some typical Bond gadgets. He also explained that the press were “not entirely accurate” in their assumption Bond will be “going back to his roots” with Scotland on the shooting schedule.

Barbara Broccoli dismissed the rumors of budget cuts with a rhetorical, “does it look like we’re cutting back?” The budget, Wilson tells us, is in the same range as the last film. Instead of cutting back they’re “adding” if anything. Barbara echoes her father when she says “it’s all going on the screen”.

Craig is “incredibly proud to be part of this gang of people” making Bond 23.

Bardem suggests that we should not conflate “a villain” and “a bad person”!

Mendes says he’s is very happy to be working with Alexander Witt and his second unit and that the action and special effects is the part that is new and exciting for him. He explains that the “action needs to coexist with the drama”. In addition he says that Oscar nominations (or wins for that matter) are “not the reason you do any movie and certainly not the reason you do a Bond movie”.

Asked what kind of training he has had to go through, Javier Bardem says “English vowels!”

Harris has been having a bit more of a workout with “stunt driving and firing machine guns”.

Sam Mendes was put on the spot at the conference when he was asked if he would be open to doing more than one Bond film. He was prompted by Broccoli and Wilson commented that “this is a question we’ve been trying to get the answer to”. Sam answered: “if in six months time I am still as excited as I am now, then the answer would be ‘yes’.”

The title, Skyfall, Barbara says, will have some “emotional context”.

Mendes says that it “doesn’t connect with the last two movies.” Quantum will not appear in Bond 23.

Craig was asked if he would be “doing this for a few more years?” / “Ask her,” said the Bond star, pointing at producer Barbara Broccoli. Cubby’s famed daughter answered, “yes, definitely.”

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Daniel ’007′ Craig: A Quote-a-thon

Daniel Craig, the current James Bond star, has been promoting his sci-fi western, Cowboys & Aliens this week. As a result, a number of clips, quotes and soundbites made their way into the blogosphere. We’re doing our best to keep up with these, and round many of the most interesting up below:

One of the more interesting Cowboys marketing gimmicks was to have director Jon Favreau interview his star, Craig. Inevitably Bond came up in the discussion.

[Sam Mendes] jumped feet first in to it – read every book and soaked up everything about it. I read the script the other day and I’m more excited about [Bond 23] than I was about Casino Royale, because we’ve got a classic Bond movie… plus lots of other things

With so many location rumors circulating it has sometimes been hard to keep up but just recently Daniel Craig let slip to the media that Bond 23 was bound for India. The quote Craig gave to the Telegraph (in India) when prompted for shooting information was:

We are working on the schedule for India and yes, it’s always exciting to play James Bond and this time is no different.

Earlier, Craig let everyone know he was “gagging” to get started on Bond 23 and has said a number of times now how excited by the script and by Sam Mendes’ direction he is. One of the earliest promos for Cowboys was an interview with Extra:

We’ve got a script, it’s fantastic and we start shooting October… November this year for a November release next year,” Craig said. “I’m really gagging to go. I’ve had a break now, and things have come together with the timing of it.

There were also some rumors flying about that he had been ordered to ‘bulk up’ for Bond 23 after looking wiry in the Western, on this matter, the James Bond star simply said:

I don’t have to bulk up much. I’m just going to get fit.

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Sam Mendes a ‘huge fan’ of Bond says Craig

In a press junket for Cowboys & Aliens the James Bond 007 actor was inevitably quizzed by IGN movies about the forthcoming 007 adventure.

Not only has he told the press that he is ‘gagging’ to get started but he might have let slip that Moneypenny is returning. Some commentators such as those at Comic Book Movie are taking an open ended question about the return to more traditional elements, Moneypenny included and Daniel Craig’s unwillingness to deny that fact as indication that the famous secretary will be back. The British tabloids were keen to predict Naomie Harris would play Miss Moneypenny.

What Craig actually told the media was:

You’ll just have to wait and see. Sam is a huge Bond fan, he understands the history of it, he understands what Bond is about. The script is incredible, we’re in good shape.

Mendes has kept quite about his fandom and his artistic vision for James Bond to date, but that may have just been ousted by Bond himself.

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Daniel Craig f***ing excited to work with Mendes again on Bond 23

Esquire conducted a sit-down interview with three time Bond star Daniel Craig in which he chatted about his Bond image and his excitement to be working with Sam Mendes.

The actor/director combo last worked together on the gritty Road To Perdition.

Sam’s gonna do it, Sam Mendes, and I’m really fucking really lookin’ forward to the fact that he’s gonna do it,” he says, snapping to. Mendes directed him in the gloomy thriller Road to Perdition in 2002. Craig tricks out a little smirk then. A concession, a comfort maybe.

“This has become my way, it’s as simple as that,” he says. “I mean, since I’ve just become James Bond. And I think, you know, that means being something that people feel they own. And all of the sudden I’m getting magazine covers, when I got nothing for ten years before that. I say it’s just pure luck. And doing covers, people interviewing me, and they want to know everything and I’m going, I’m not gonna fucking tell you!”

Craig settles once more into the clutch of his muscular recline. “Well, you know,” he says, sliding the Ray-Bans from his nose. “I mean this is actually very nice. We can talk about anything else, and hopefully it can be made interesting.”

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