TF: Although it paid off in the end, did you feel at the time that you were taking quite a big gamble with the franchise?
BB: It just felt like the right thing to do.
Michael and I of course were partnered with Sony for the first time and Amy Pascal who’s the head of Columbia Pictures was initially really excited that she was going to get a Bond movie… and then we sat down with her and explained our plans! [Laughs]
“We’re going do another Bond; it’s not going to be Pierce; we’re going back to Casino Royale; there’s a 20-minute card game in the middle of the movie; he falls in love; she betrays him; she commits suicide; he gets beaten…”
To her credit though, although she had to get her head around it, she was fully behind us; she backed us 100 per cent.
TF: It doesn’t sound like it was an easy sell…
BB: Amy said, “Well, it’s good that we’ll have Q in it.” We said, “No there’s no Q.”
“So we’ve got the Moneypenny scenes.” “No – there’s no Moneypenny either!”
So it took… a leap of faith for her to stand behind us.
We really appreciated it because you don’t always get that.