Instead of focusing on gaudy gadgets and special effects, director Sam Mendes says he will get back to Ian Fleming's root and present Bond as an 'incredibly complex' character.
"Skyfall" director Sam Mendes recently attended a press call for the film in Istanbul, where they would be shooting some scenes for the anticipated spy movie. During the occasion, the helmer opened up that the 23rd 007 movie will explore the troubled psyche of James Bond instead of exploiting flashy gadgets and special effects.
Mendes said that he would like to present Bond as a vulnerable character as portrayed in the original Ian Fleming novels. "You always go back to the Fleming because the character Fleming created over a number of novels was incredibly complex," the director reasoned, as quoted by The Associated Press.
"Some people sometimes forget in the cliche of Bond, which is the international playboy, and someone who's always untroubled, and almost never breaks a sweat, that actually what [Fleming] created was a very conflicted character," the filmmaker said.
The former husband of actress Kate Winslet explained that "Skyfall" will see Bond facing a "combination of lassitude, boredom, depression, difficulty with what he's chosen to do for a living, which is to kill." He added, "That makes him a much more interesting character, and some of those things are explored in this movie, because Daniel [Craig] as an actor is capable of exploring them."
Daniel Craig returns as the flamboyant secret agent after tackling the prestigious role in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace". This time, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
To open in the U.S. on November 9, "Skyfall" also stars Judi Dench as M, Javier Bardem as villainous Silva, Ralph Fiennes as government agent Mallory, Berenice Marlohe as villainess Severine, and Naomie Harris as field agent Eve.