Sam Mendes: I put everything I ever wanted into 'Skyfall'
Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes said he is not sure whether he could direct another James Bond film, after already doing everything he wanted to do with "Skyfall."
"I put everything I ever wanted to put in a bond movie into this movie and I really mean, you know, everything," Mendes told George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OTRC.com on November 7. "Even as a 12 year old, I fantasized, 'I want to make a movie with the Aston Martin DB5 in it' and there it is, you know? So I would have to feel I could do the same again. And that's a big task."
In "Skyfall," the 23rd film of the long-running 007 franchise, Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond. The movie sees Bond's loyalty to Judi Dench's character, MI6 chief M, tested after her past comes back to haunt her. The British Secret Intelligence Service is attacked and 007 sets off to stop its perpetrator.
The trailer for "Skyfall" shows Daniel Craig's Bond coming back from the dead and a blond Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Silva. Mendes gave OTRC.com some insight into his heroes' resurrection.
"The movie kills Bond and he disappears for a while and he comes back quite changed but to find the world changed even more and in a sense, he's the dinosaur," Mendes said of Bond. "He's the past and he has to stand around for a large part of the movie being told he's too old, he's finished, he's done for, you know? But in a weird way, I hope you get behind him even more because of that."
Mendes, who won an Oscar for his 1999 film, "American Beauty," is better known for thought-provoking films like "Revolutionary Road" and "Away We Go," tried to bring something out of the iconic secret agent that hasn't been seen before.
"Bond has always been the constant in these movies, you know, the sort of unchanging presence and here, he's quite the reverse," Mendes said. "He's the person who essentially changes the most."
Filming took place in Turkey as well as Scotland, England and Shanghai, China. It is the third franchise film for Craig, who played James Bond in the films "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace."
Craig took on a lot of his own stunts in the film, which Mendes admitted sometimes scared him immensely.
"Well, there are a couple of moments when my heart was in my mouth, I have to be honest," Mendes said. "When Daniel was fighting on top of a train going at 50 miles an hour over a 500-foot drop, precipice, you know, on a tiny, narrow bridge and he had one wire thinner than my finger attaching him to the train."
"I did say to him, 'You don't have to do this' and he said, 'Oh, I'll have a go,'" Mendes recalled. "There were moments I thought, you know, 'This is crazy.' He's the least lazy actor I've ever worked with and he just wants to - if it's possible to do it, he will do it and you can feel it in the movie. You don't necessarily see all the time whether it's him or not. You feel his physical presence in those dangerous situations and it just changes the way you watch the movie."
"Skyfall" has already set a new UK record, breaking the UK box office record previously held by "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2." In its first week in theaters in the UK, "Skyfall" earned $59.86 million. "Deathly Hallows Part 2" earned $57.4 million. The Bond flick is also the third-highest grossing film of the year in the UK, behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."
"Skyfall" opened in theaters on Nov. 9, 2012. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OTRC.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).