Sam Mendes Says Bond 24 Is Being Written Right Now
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.23.2014
And he revealed his inspiration for directing Daniel Craig...
IGN reports that while at a BFI screening, director Sam Mendes talked about the current status of the 24th James Bond film.
He said: "The next one – it's being written... It's ongoing. For me, so much of it is about script. It's like the building of a boat – once the boat gets on the current, it's gone. If there's a hole in the boat, you're f**ked. So you've got to make sure there's no holes in the boat, and that's what we're doing now."
He also said that watching Daniel Craig on the stage inspired him to "go further" with Bond. He added: "I went to see Daniel Craig in Betrayal and I was reminded what a fantastic actor he is outside of James Bond. It inspires you to think of other ways to use him and allow him to express that. Ralph Fiennes is another great example."
Mendes has also been working on a London production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He said that both projects complemented each other. The production is at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane.
He said: "At a certain point, there's no question that working on Skyfall and Charlie at the same time, as I was for three or four years, one fed the other" he explained. "They are two great iconic characters, by iconic writers - Fleming and Dahl - both of them quite strange. Both of them in a sense became more famous after they were dead. More lauded now than when they were alive. Considered populist and perhaps not entirely to be taken seriously. And yet now seem to be two of the greater writers of the 20th century in this country. Both had odd relationships with the country itself. And they created these two great iconic characters - Willy Wonka and James Bond. So there was lots of back-and-forth going I felt. And they did of course come into contact, with Dahl writing the screenplay for Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and they knew each other. So they were drawn to each other as well. So it's interesting that there are parallels.