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Sam Mendes' drunken Skyfall offer

Sam Mendes' drunken Skyfall offer

Nov 9 2012, 4:07am CST | by

Sam Mendes doesn't think he would have ever directed 'Skyfall' if Daniel Craig hadn't drunkenly suggested he do it when he met him at a party.

Sam Mendes would never have directed 'Skyfall' if Daniel Craig hadn't drunkenly suggested he do it. The 47-year-old helmer was at a party when Daniel - who reprised his role as James Bond for the...

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Sam Mendes' drunken Skyfall offer

Nov 9 2012, 4:07am CST | by

Sam Mendes doesn't think he would have ever directed 'Skyfall' if Daniel Craig hadn't drunkenly suggested he do it when he met him at a party.

Sam Mendes would never have directed 'Skyfall' if Daniel Craig hadn't drunkenly suggested he do it.
The 47-year-old helmer was at a party when Daniel - who reprised his role as James Bond for the third time in the movie - came up to him and suggested he would be the ideal man for the job, and the filmmaker thinks it would have never occurred to him he could take on the role if it wasn't for the conversation.
He said: ''He wasn't that drunk and he didn't really offer it to me, he suggested it to me. It was a conversation ... And then it kind of went from there. I didn't really have any doubts.
''Had I not gone to the party, I think someone else would have directed it. I think it's true. And it may not have even, weirdly, occurred to me. I know it sounds crazy, but it was because someone said it to me and I thought, 'Oh, what a good idea.' Because, it's not like 'The Avengers', Bond movies don't get sent around. You're in a dialogue from early on, I think.''
Sam was presented with the opportunity to helm another huge film this year in the shape of 'Avengers Assemble', but he turned down the chance to direct the superhero movie after he was left unimpressed by a letter he received from Marvel to see if he wanted to put himself forward for the role.
Speaking to Moviefone, he added: ''The funniest letter I got - they were sending [a packet for] 'The Avengers', right? For directors to pitch - and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script. But the cover letter said, 'Marvel's Avengers will be released on May 3, 2012', or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, 'We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials ...' or 'Here is the script for ...' But the release date. That was the first sentence.
''I wasn't interested. I mean, that's not my world particularly. I'll go see it, particularly with my kids, but I didn't want to make it. But I was probably one of 50 that got sent it; they didn't target me specifically.''


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‘Interstellar’ Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema Will Shoot ‘Bond 24′

Sep 17 2014 10:30am CDT | Source: slash film

Normally we’d have a large measure of sympathy for anyone who had to take over a job following Roger Deakins. And since Deakins isn’t shooting the new Bond film, someone has to step into his shoes. But the person to take over the job shooting Bond 24 is Hoyte van Hoytema, who did such a tremendous job with Her, and then shot Interstellar for Christopher Nolan. So things are probably going to work out just fine. There’s another good detail in the Hoyte Van Hoyte ...
Source: slash film   Full article at: slash film


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HER and INTERSTELLAR Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to Replace Roger Deakins on BOND 24; May Shoot on Film

Sep 16 2014 7:48pm CDT | Source: Collider

It was incredibly disappointing to hear that cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 after doing such a stunning job on Skyfall.  However, as production on the next Bond installment is poised to get underway in December, director Sam Mendes has now settled on Deakins’ replacement, and it’s an excellent choice.  In Contention reports that Hoyte van Hoytema will be the cinematographer on Bond ...
Source: Collider   Full article at: Collider


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‘Bond 24′ Will Shoot in December

Sep 15 2014 3:30pm CDT | Source: Slash Film

Sony could’ve followed up the massive success of Skyfall with a quickie sequel. Instead, they’ve taken their time getting the right cast, crew, and story together. (Including Skyfall director Sam Mendes.) Now, two years after Skyfall first landed in theaters, they’ve finally set a date to start shooting Bond 24. According to a new report making the rounds, the new adventure will enter production in December for release next fall. Hit the jump to get the latest ...
Source: Slash Film   Full article at: Slash Film


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Production On Bond 24 Begins In December

Sep 14 2014 7:22pm CDT | Source: dark horizons

Filming is slated to officially begin on the next James Bond film on December 6th 2014 reports MI6 HQ. Director Sam Mendes will apparently assemble his cast for a table read of the screenplay in late November at Pinewood Studios. Casting for the film's key villain and Bond girl roles is very much underway with announcements due over the next few months. Several Scandanavian actresses have tested for a secondary role, but the prim ...
Source: dark horizons   Full article at: dark horizons


3 weeks ago

‘Bond 24′ Casting Call Reveals Villainous Details

Aug 25 2014 1:15pm CDT | Source: slash film

Details on Bond 24 are being kept under very tight wraps, but when a film is as feverishly anticipated as this one is, clues have a way of getting out. A new casting call is the source of the latest update, which suggests Bond 24 will star an “iconic” baddie in the vein of Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker) or Oddjob (Goldfinger). Hit the jump for details on the new Bond 24 villain. James Bond Radio and MI6 HQ picked up the casting call. It’s for the big bad’s primary henchman, ...
Source: slash film   Full article at: slash film


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The Next 007 Film Is Casting…

Aug 25 2014 10:56am CDT | Source: aintitcool

A memorable foil appears to be in order for the November 2015 release. Read the full article on AICN While SKYFALL shook up the Bondverse in a number of regards, it’s sounding like the next picture in the series will be getting back in touch with at least one time-tested Bondian proclivity.   MI6 has a quick and interesting article indicating that The Powers That Be are currently undertaking the casting of a henchman…an 'iconic' he ...
Source: aintitcool   Full article at: aintitcool


3 weeks ago

Bond 24 henchman to be a physical adversary for Daniel Craig?

Aug 25 2014 3:37am CDT | Source: Total Film

Bond 24 could see 007 confronted with one of the more physical villains he has faced in recent years, with one of the chief antagonists set to be a Jaws-esque brute. According to fan site MI6, the production team are searching for an actor to play what they describe as “the main assassin”, with the primary requirement being that they must be physically imposing. Successful applicants will need to be a ...
Source: Total Film   Full article at: Total Film


3 weeks ago

BOND 24 Villain Could Be a Bigger Adversary for Daniel Craig

Aug 23 2014 12:34pm CDT | Source: Collider

I’m one of the people who thought Skyfall was an incredible Bond film.  Between that and Casino Royale (I sort of consider Quantum of Solace to be an interstitial film, almost a short) I actually feel like James Bond is almost a current, relevant character (despite some of the old-fashioned fan service).  So I remain excited for Bond 24 even though it feels like something of a troubled production (th ...
Source: Collider   Full article at: Collider


3 weeks ago

"Bond 24" Wants A Henchman, Austrian Locale

Aug 23 2014 11:57am CDT | Source: dark horizons

Whilst "Skyfall" saw the return of some of the more iconic elements of the James Bond franchise, one element that was missing is that of an iconic henchman - the last one arguably being Famke Janssen's Xenia Onatopp in "Goldeneye". A new report over at James Bond Radio claims that the twenty-fourth Bond film's director Sam Mendes is aiming to fill that gap and is looking for just such an actor. This one will apparently be less about crushing men betwe ...
Source: dark horizons   Full article at: dark horizons


6 weeks ago

Global Showbiz Briefs: Ricky Gervais Reviving ‘The Office’ Character For Movie; Alibaba Group Taps Ex-China Film Group Exec As CEO Of Film Unit; More

Aug 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Deadline

David Brent, the sad-sack paper company middle manager brought to life by Ricky Gervais in The Office, is ready for his big-screen close-up. The BBC said today that Gervais will reprise the character in Life On The Road, which will track Brent’s life in the years since the series, which aired from 2001-2003 on BBC Two. In the mockumentary-style film, he’ll be a traveling salesman of cleaning products, out to finance a UK concert to ...
Source: Deadline  Full article at: Deadline


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