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When Sam Mendes was first announced as the director of Skyfall, everybody was falling over themselves to suggest that the Britsh auteur would rein in the OTT action in favour of a more dialogue-heavy approach. However, one look at the new trailer would seem to refute that suggestion, what with its car chases, leaping motorbikes and an explosively derailed tube train.
“I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Craig told us about Mendes’ stewardship. “Sam is a boy and he likes blowing shit up – but we’re stylishly blowing shit up.”
Indeed, while it may not be something Mendes is overly familiar with, it sounds as though he enjoyed getting his hands dirty with Skyfall’s action.
“I’ve made movies that cost less than one car chase,” says the director, “but that’s part of the pleasure of doing it. To me, the challenge is to create parallel action so you’re never locked into a linear chase, which I think is something that Chris Nolan, for example, does very, very well. It’s never just A following B, there’s something else going on simultaneously and you’re following these things and often they overlap.”