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Sam Mendes Says He Doubts He'll Do Another Bond Movie After 'Skyfall,' Only Finished Work On The Movie On October 9th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 9:17 AM
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This Friday, 007 will put the tuxedo back on, order up another drink, and return to the world of international intrigue in "Skyfall." It has been a long journey for the franchise, with four years passing since the last installment, the underwhelming "Quantum Of Solace," but the series is back with a bang. Featuring what is arguably the most high-profile cast to date -- with Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes joining Daniel Craig and Judi Dench -- the picture also features impressive talent behind the camera, with Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road To Perdition," "Revolutionary Road") at the helm. And for this latest movie, patience was not only a virtue, but an asset.

Exclusive: Sam Mendes Says He Was "Not At All" Interested In Bond At First, Took Direct Inspiration From Nolan's 'Dark Knight' Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2012 4:25 PM
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Sam Mendes may be a self-confessed long-time fan of the James Bond franchise, but he's known for more humanistic dramas like "American Beauty," "Road to Perdition" and "Revolutionary Road," and the director said the Bond series wasn't something that appealed to him as a filmmaker. Asked if he was interested in doing a Bond movie during an exclusive interview with The Playlist, Mendes the filmmaker said quite the contrary, "No, not at all," he admitted, and noted that his mind was changed by Daniel Craig who approached the filmmaker to see if he was interested in helming "Skyfall."

Review: Sam Mendes' 007 Film 'Skyfall' Sees James Bond Back To His Best

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2012 7:00 PM
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Christopher Nolan is, famously (like many British directors), a big fan of the James Bond franchise. He said that he approached "Batman Begins" more like a Bond flick than a superhero movie, he directly nodded to one of 007's high watermarks in "Inception," and has publicly expressed interest in, at some point, directing one of the films in the franchise.

Fall Movie Pros & Cons: 007's Return In 'Skyfall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2012 10:58 AM
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With festival season finally mostly winding down (only a few days left of the NYFF...), we're spending this week and next taking a look at some of the big movies remaining under wraps for the rest of this year, reading the tea leaves to see what bodes well for the films, and what might be their potential negatives. After "Lincoln" and "Flight" earlier in the week, we're casting our eye on the next big blockbuster of the season...James Bond's return to theaters in "Skyfall."

Watch: Full Trailer For Sam Mendes' James Bond Film 'Skyfall' With Daniel Craig & Javier Bardem

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 9:00 AM
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Now that we're coming to the end of summer blockbuster season, many eyes are turning towards the fall line-up, and while there's the usual selection of prestige fare there, we're not exactly going to be starving for blockbusters. "The Hobbit," "Jack Reacher," "Breaking Dawn Pt. 2" -- all films with the potential to be huge without necessarily troubling Academy voters. But one of the most anticipated of all is "Skyfall," the 23rd official James Bond film, which hits in November.

Daniel Craig & Ola Rapace Beat City Traffic With Dirt Bikes In New Look At Sam Mendes' 'Skyfall'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 18, 2012 8:45 AM
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Four years after the disappointment of "Quantum Of Solace," the Bond franchise is set to return with a bang this fall when Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" is unveiled. With a script by John Logan, Roger Deakins as DoP and an exciting cast that sees regulars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench joined by names such as Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney Helen McCrory and Ben Whishaw as well as new Bond girls Berenice Marhole and Naomie Harris, the promised standalone feature is gearing up to be the most anticipated 007 film of recent time.

First Image Of Ben Whishaw As Q In 'Skyfall'; Don't Worry, James Bond Will Still Drink Martinis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 11:51 AM
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Nerd alert! While Q in the James Bond run of films has mostly been dominated by the classy Britishness of Desmond Llewelyn, and later the John Cleese-ness of John Cleese, for the character's return to the franchise for the first time since "Die Another Day," Sam Mendes has gone a different route.

Sam Mendes To Direct 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' Stage Musical, Opens In London June 2013

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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Roald Dahl’s books have all slowly but surely been adapted (in some form or another) over the years. On the big screen, the most recent attempt to adapt Dahl’s work was Wes Anderson’s (in this writer’s opinion) abominable attempt to turn one of the author’s finest children's books into a quirky animated heist for adults – “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” The first, however, and arguably best Dahl cinematic adaptation was Mel Stuart’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (an adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) back in 1971 featuring an unforgettable performance from Gene Wilder. We’ve seen the book adapted since (and with less success) by Tim Burton, and the story that remains one of Dahl’s most famous and loved will now be making its way to the stage thanks to “American Beauty” and “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes.
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Watch: Trailer For Sam Mendes' New James Bond Film 'Skyfall' Starring Daniel Craig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 4:32 AM
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The stakes have arguably never been higher for James Bond. 007 came roaring back in the form of Daniel Craig with "Casino Royale" in 2006, and the film was the most successful of the franchise to date, and one of the most acclaimed. But two years later, the rushed, messy, poorly directed "Quantum of Solace" arrived, and while it outgrossed its predecessor in the U.S, it fell short worldwide, and got poor reviews. Furthermore, the property was then thrown into turmoil by the bankruptcy of its parent studio, MGM. So in any year, a return for Bond would have a lot riding on it, but given that 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the franchise with "Dr. No," success seems to be even more crucial.

First Teaser Poster For Sam Mendes' 007 Movie 'Skyfall' Arrives, Plays On Classic Bond Imagery

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 12:09 PM
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Bond is back. Of course, Bond has been been back 21 times since "Dr. No" kicked cinema's longest-running continuous franchise off fifty years ago, but the financial difficulties of MGM seemed to be one of Ian Fleming's superspies most deadly foes. Fortunately, Bond survived, as he always done, and his latest entry, "Skyfall," is the most anticipated we can remember, thanks to a script from "Hugo" writer John Logan, Oscar-winner Sam Mendes in the director's chair, and a cast that includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney backing up Daniel Craig as the movies' secret agent.

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