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WATCH: Sam Mendes' Ho-hum Videoblog Debuts on 007 'Skyfall' Website

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 22, 2012 at 9:39AM

Sam Mendes' first videoblog debuted with more of a whimper than a bang (or more of a stir than a shake if you prefer) at 7:00 AM GMT on the official "Skyfall" website. At one minute and thirty seconds, the videoblog is probably not what diehard Bond fans have been waiting for.
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Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Skyfall"
Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Skyfall"

Sam Mendes' first videoblog debuted with more of a whimper than a bang (or more of a stir than a shake if you prefer) at 7:00 AM GMT on the official "Skyfall" website. At one minute and thirty seconds, the videoblog is probably not what diehard Bond fans have been waiting for.

"I, like anyone else, have my own personal relationship with Bond, which began when I was about nine or ten years old," Mendes says of his involvement with the 23rd installment in the 007 franchise. "I feel like the American years [of my film career] were like the apprenticeship for doing 'Bond.'" A few other generic quotes pepper the video and then it's over.

Granted, this is the first of presumably several videoblogs, so the behind-the-scenes tidbits should become juicier as more video segments debut. More shots of poolside Daniel Craig, or at least more angles on his controversial stubble-beard, might be a place to start.

This article is related to: Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, IN THE WORKS, Marketing, Video


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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.