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Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig Talk Psychological Aspects of ‘Skyfall’

Posted by , on April 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm 

There are many, many reasons James Bond was rebooted in Casino Royale, but an attempt at recapturing Ian Fleming‘s own depiction was predominant among them. They pulled it off rather nicely with that 2006 outing — it made Daniel Craig the best Bond right out of the gate for me — and even those who don’t care for Quantum of Solace must concede that the character onscreen is, regardless, very much the one encountered across 14 literary works.

So none of us should be surprised when reading that Sam Mendes is sticking to that interpretation in Skyfall, but Yahoo! (via BadassDigest) was still able to squeeze some rather interesting and key thematic points out of both the helmer and Craig. For myself, it’s most exciting to hear that, this time out, 007 will come across as a “combination of lassitude, boredom, depression, difficulty with what he’s chosen to do for a living, which is to kill.”

For Mendes, this “makes him a much more interesting character” than past portrayals, that of “the international playboy” able to dispose of nameless henchmen without a second thought. Having re-read several of the books, discussed the character with his director, and consulted actual agents, Craig sounds as though he’s also trying to tap any psychological repercussions the events of Royale and Solace would undoubtedly instill upon someone.

I don’t find myself worried this Bond will resemble the subject of a Zoloft ad, but am actually reassured to know we’ll be getting some of Mendes‘ own emotional touches alongside the explosive action and globe-trotting. It’s this very combination of a classic character, a promising reboot, and a fresh voice that make Skyfall one of my most anticipated blockbusters of 2012.

The film will first open in the U.K. on October 26th, followed by a U.S. release on November 9th.

Do the intentions of Mendes and Craig sound “correct” to you, speaking in terms of how the character should be portrayed?


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