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Sam Mendes' Return to England with Bond and 'Skyfall' (via The Guardian)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2012 at 1:26PM

Brit theater director Sam Mendes, having directed five incisive films about American culture including Oscar-winner "American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road," and "Jarhead," turned his sights to Britain's iconic James Bond franchise with "Skyfall." The Guardian looks at what Mendes brought to 007, which has been getting raves, with contributions from "Skyfall" stars Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris--and, for good measure, "Road to Perdition" star Jude Law.
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Brit theater director Sam Mendes, having directed five incisive films about American culture including Oscar-winner "American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road," and "Jarhead," turned his sights to Britain's iconic James Bond franchise with "Skyfall."  The Guardian looks at what Mendes brought to 007, which has been getting raves, with contributions from "Skyfall" stars Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris--and, for good measure, "Road to Perdition" star Jude Law.

Craig: "Sam had this stratospheric start to his career and made these great films, but he had never made a movie at home. And he is such a cinephile, so it is extraordinary that the first British film he has made is James Bond, which is about as British as it can be."

Harris: "Sam comes from a theatre background, so I knew he would speak the language of actors.  I knew he would know how to direct us. It is surprising how many film directors don't know how to do that."

Law on working with Mendes: "It was a very smooth operation, but the script allowed for quite a bit of interpretation and Sam relished letting my imagination go. I visited the Donmar under Sam regularly and his diversity of style was inspiring. Somehow everything he touched became relevant."

Read more at The Guardian

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.