Sam Mendes talks Skyfall's Bond legacy

Exclusive: "There are definite echoes of other Bond movies"

Skyfall fronts the latest issue of Total Film magazine, with Daniel Craig’s James Bond striking a pose on the cover.

Inside, Craig and director Sam Mendes explain how they’re marrying 007’s modern-day grit with old-school wit. The new issue’s out now (and you can get it for only £1.99 on your iPad), but you can read an exclusive excerpt below.

When we spoke to Mendes about taking on a film with such a revered legacy and devoted fanbase, he explained: “There are definite echoes of other Bond movies - the Aston Martin DB5, the return of Q - and there are some that only the hardcore geeks will get! I hope they want to go on this adventure.”

On his own relationship with Bond movies, he added: “I wanted to make a great Bond movie… A great movie, full stop. I wanted to go back in tone, back to Ian Fleming. I didn’t want to make a movie in reaction to the last two movies. I wanted to make what I want to see when I see a Bond movie.”

For more on from Mendes, Craig et al on Skyfall, get the latest issue of Total Film magazine, or pick up the interactive iPad edition for just £1.99!

Read a full preview of Total Film magazine issue 199!

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    • SiMan

      Sep 28th 2012, 13:07

      I want to see a return to the outlandish villain hidouts, but with a modern take on them. Casino had the set-piece in the collapsing building in Venice and Quantum had that hotel thing in the desert (the middle of the desert as wel! who were they expecting to have as guests?) - but i want a return to big, underground laboratories. I'm not talking hollowed out volcanoes, but an underwater base that Bond can destroy would look amazing in IMAX

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    • CommanderJim

      Sep 30th 2012, 0:40

      Looking good.

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