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Sam Mendes Posts First Skyfall Blog
Introductory notes on Bond 23

23 February 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: 007.com

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Update: We now have a photo of Sam Mendes on set with the awesome Judi Dench to add to this blog. Scroll down to see that below. Spoiler: contains camera, cup of coffee!

Following Peter Jackson's fine Hobbit examples, Sam Mendes has opted to post occasional video blogs as Skyfall comes together. The first of them has just arrived at official site 007.com.

 

 

Except blogging isn't quite what's going on here: rather than Jackson's method of presenting to-camera, this actually seems to be footage of a Mendes interview, very possibly being put together for a DVD documentary. The director talks about his personal connection to James Bond, his love of the films growing up and how impressed he was with Casino Royale, and with Daniel Craig's Bond in particular. He points out that, despite being a British director, Skyfall is his first British movie, since the previous half dozen have all been shot on American soil.

Critically, there's practically no Skyfall footage in the brief ninety-second clip, although there's a glimpse of Craig creeping around with his Walther, as already seen in the still released a few weeks ago. Otherwise it's Mendes at the monitors, Mendes with a big camera lens, Mendes at an airport (shooting by a baggage carousel! Exclusive!) and Mendes outside Westminster Tube Station.

But this is obviously intended as the first of several "updates", and an introductory chapter at that. So there should be plenty more to come as Skyfall plummets towards its October 26 release date. Watch, as they say, this space.


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RE: Sam Mendes Posts First Skyfall Blog
ly think this will be all kinds of awesome. More

Posted by JIm R at 14:57 on 24 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Sam Mendes Posts First Skyfall Blog
I'm actually quite looking forward to this despite it not having the usual exotic locations that we normally associate with Bond. If anything it might help make the series even grittier than it was in the last two - which in my opinion is definitely the right direction to be going in. I just hope that after Skyfall they get back on track with the Quantum storyline. More

Posted by Adam James at 14:52 on 24 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than Quantum of Solace!
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his habit of always acting like he's Matt Damon from The Bourne Supremacy. Better than the last Bond, Crumb of Comfort? It better be! No excuses, Mendes! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:46 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Movie Magic
they got away with passing off the north of england for cuba and east germany when filming OP in '82. More

Posted by spark1 at 11:19 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Flashman
L: Frank Comiskey I am confused why one of the most financially successful film franchise ever, (spanning 50 years), films for three months in the UK, does a second unit in China, and will only be going on location to Turkey. Bond is a larger-than-life preposterous fantasy, that is why we love it, this all has the whiff of art-house bargain basement, and I am sure that if the producers or Sam Mendes could merely afford to go holidays to London, The Highlands or another reported locat More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 22:25 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:56 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:40 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:38 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:38 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:37 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:37 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:37 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Gotta be better than 'Quantum of Solace'.
Mendes? Always good! Daniel Craig? Can be good. Well, if he stops his current trend of acting like Jason Bourne in every film. Will it be better than the last film, crumb of comfort? It better be! The last one was awful. It was the Bourne Supremacy featuring James Bond. It 'homaged' everything, even the ending. Mendes, I have faith in you! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 17:37 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

good to see
Gary Powell in the shot in London looking all hard as nails. At least they've got the proper bloke doing all the thumping and jumping. My jury's out on this as yet - but then that's hardly surprising as they've hardly shot much. And I agree, I don't want to know the whole plot. It's nice to have a mystery at the movies once in a while. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 14:20 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Flashman
I am confused why one of the most financially successful film franchise ever, (spanning 50 years), films for three months in the UK, does a second unit in China, and will only be going on location to Turkey. Bond is a larger-than-life preposterous fantasy, that is why we love it, this all has the whiff of art-house bargain basement, and I am sure that if the producers or Sam Mendes could merely afford to go holidays to London, The Highlands or another reported location, Bognor Regis, that the More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 13:50 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

The Plot Thickens...
Skyfall? Is this about the end of Rupert Murdoch? Thought they'd already done him in Tomorrow Never Dies. More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:17 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

Bring it on. I love that they're not spilling the beans plot-wise...we wanna be pleasantly surprised in theatres... More

Posted by ronniem at 10:03 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

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