With Sam Mendes hard at work on Spectre, the director has taken a moment out of post production on the 24th James Bond adventure to chat with the BBC (via MI6-HQ) about the new movie, promising that it will be much bigger in scope than his first 007 outing Skyfall.
“Spectre is a bigger movie than Skyfall. Spectre is shot in more places. We were in Mexico City, Tangiers, the Northern Sahara, Rome, The Alps, and London. We shut down great sections of London. Anyone whose evening was ruined because of the traffic around Westminster Bridge over the last few weeks, I apologise to them. But it’s been an enormous undertaking. One of the most rewarding moments for a film director is when you finally finish shooting… I made the movie I wanted to see [for Skyfall] and I think I’ve done the same thing this time [for Spectre].”
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Asked if he could be tempted back for a third spell in the director’s chair, Mendes responded that, “I said ‘No’ to the last one and then ended up doing it and was pilloried by all my friends, including [former England cricket captain] Michael Atherton who took great pleasure in reminding me that I said no to the last one and ended up doing it. But I do think this is probably it. I think five years for the two movies… It feels now almost, even though we’ve only just finished shooting it, like one big experience. It was a fantastic life-changing thing, but I don’t think I could go down that road again. It’s more a lifestyle choice than a job. You do have to put everything else on hold.”
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 26th in the UK and November 6th in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Lucia Sciarra, Stephanie Sigman (The Bridge) as Estrella and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Oberhauser.