Sam Mendes heeft inmiddels 2 James Bond-films geregisseerd; Skyfall en SPECTRE. Hij zal hierna niet terugkeren voor de regie van de volgende James Bond-film. SPECTRE is sinds vorige week in de bioscoop te zien en lijkt het einde van het verhaal uit de Daniel Craig-films. Zal Craig terugkeren of is het tijd voor een nieuwe Bond? Mendes zei het volgende over de richting waar hij Bond op ziet gaan:
“I grew up on Dr. Who, and its ideas of regeneration. People say, “Well, once you’ve acknowledged time passing and Bond getting older and characters dying, how do you continue the franchise?” And the answer is you regenerate, and you have to be as brave as when they cast Daniel, and when they let M die. They have to go off in a completely different direction, into regenerating mythology. You cast a new actor and find a new director, and make something totally new. I can, off the top of my head, give you three or four ideas for where it could go next. They’re all daring and big. To me, the enemy is repetition and laziness, and the great danger is not challenging the preexisting format. These are my two chapters of the Bond myth. Someone else is going to write a chapter or 10 or 50, because Bond is strong enough for that, and because there’s enough to play with.”
Mendes wilde na Skyfall al niet meer terug te keren, dus is dit verhaal puur voor de media? Mendes zei:
“The pronouncements after the last movie were taken seriously and I then had to undo them when I agreed to make this movie. Without giving too much away, the difference here for me is, this movie draws together all four of Daniel’s movies into one final story, and he completes a journey. That wasn’t the case last time. There is a sense of completeness that wasn’t there at the end of Skyfall, and that’s what makes this feel different. It feels like there’s a rightness to it, that I have finished a journey. I’m not talking about Daniel here because Daniel may absolutely turn around six months’ time and feel his energy renewed. Or he might say just the opposite. If he is as sensible as I think he is, he needs to go away and have some time to think and do another job that’s completely different, which he’s already doing with Othello.”
Spectre draait inmiddels in de bioscoop. Lees hier de recensie van Glenn Abbink!