Spectre - Director Sam Mendes
Spectre - Director Sam Mendes on the set ©2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Danjaq, and Columbia Pictures

Director Sam Mendes “The reasons why I am doing my second Bond movie is the reasons why I would do any movie really and it is all to do with the story.”

So starts the official released video where Sam explains his reasons for hemming his second Bond movie. You can see the full video above or read on to see his motivation.

Skyfall - Ben Whishaw and Daniel Craig
Skyfall – Q (Ben Whishaw) and James Bond (Daniel Craig) ©2011 Danjaq, LLC

“And in this movie, Spectre, what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond (Daniel Craig). He is on a mission from the very beginning. He is on the hunt, the trail of somebody. You don’t know why. You don’t know what he is doing there.”

“And that sense that something is up is also tied to the second part of a crucial story of Bond’s child hood. So once that was clear, that those huge things where on the table, I felt like I had to do it.”

Sam Mendes on his New Characters

Skyfall Royal Premiere - Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig
Skyfall Royal Premiere – October 23, 2012 – London, UK: Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig at the Skyfall London Premiere at Royal Albert Hall © 2012 Columbia TriStar

“And then on top of that I felt like that I had initiated Ralph [Fiennes] as M, Naomie [Harris] as Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw as Q and I wanted to tell the next stages of their stories and develop them as characters much, much, more.”

“And in this movie, in a way, they help him, and they all, in different ways, risk their careers and risk their lively hoods.”

“And I think what is interesting about what has happened post Skyfall is that Bond is the one that has more experience than they do. And i think he has got a greater wisdom and that is very much what the movie is about.

It is about wether or not to pursue the life he has always pursued. Wether he matters, and is he going to continue or not.”

Sam concludes with perhaps the obvious, “Your going to have to come see the movie to see whether he does.”

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Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online