Mendes Debuts Skyfall Videoblog

Skyfall director Sam Mendes introduced the first of his videoblogs today on the 007.com website. Not much of a debriefing on the 23rd James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s third as 007, but then he’s just getting started in introducing his ties to Bond and providing behind-the-scenes tidbits.

“The roots of my doing this Bond movie start way before anybody approached me because, like everyone else, I have my own personal relationship with Bond which began when I was I suppose about nine or ten years old. I’ve always been a fan of the movies,” he says.

In fact, Mendes told me a decade ago that he was first approached to direct Die Another Day. He was very flattered but it just wasn’t the right Bond for him. Little did we realize that Craig would eventually become the sixth Bond and that he’d be engineering the film that will likely define his legacy, now that the rite of passage is over.

Naturally, Casino Royale pulled Mendes in: “Here was a real man in a real situation and it reminded me of when I was watching Sean Connery…I think it is still possible to make a big, entertaining, fabulous, glamorous movie and yet at the same time to say something about the world that we’re living in.”

And, ironically, Skyfall marks Mendes’ first English movie.

UPDATE: Skyfall will get an IMAX release for the first time day and date with the Nov. 9 bow.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, James Bond, Movies, Tech, VFX

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