In una strepitosa intervista a Drew Taylor di The Playlist/Indiewire – che vi consigliamo di leggere per intero – Sam Mendes parla del suo approccio al mondo di James Bond.
Di seguito qualche estratto:
“I was never interested and I don’t think I saw most of the Pierce Brosnan ones. I was not into them at the time and then when Daniel got cast I was interested because he was a friend and I had worked with him.
[…] Where I stole from was the last two Fleming novels – “Man with the Golden Gun” and “You Only Live Twice.” In the movie versions they abandoned a lot of the dark stuff from the books, because the Bond of those later books is very cynical, kind of dark, really interesting. And I thought that was something that we could play around with at the beginning of the movie, after Bond has gone into the depths and lost himself and is woken up by this terrorist attack.
[…] Rob [Wade] and Neal [Purvis] did amazing work and they have a huge knowledge of the Bond movies, they’ve written the last four or something, but John took it to another level. And John’s collaboration was absolutely central to making it the movie it is. If the script hadn’t been good, then the movie wouldn’t have been good. And I think that if the script hadn’t been terrific, then I wouldn’t have gotten Ralph [Fiennes] and Javier [Bardem] and Ben [Whishaw]. I got them because I sent them a great script and they said, “Yes, I want to do this.” Logan has really been a huge part of the movie.
[About Chris Nolan] Directly inspired, yes. I wasn’t inspired directly in terms of the movie, but in terms of what he’s achieved, specifically what “The Dark Knight,” the second movie, achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody.
[…] What Christopher Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with “The Dark Knight,” it’s not even set in our world. If felt like a movie that was about our world post-9/11 and played on our fears and discussed our fears and why they existed and I thought that was incredibly brave and interesting. That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without “The Dark Knight,” might not have been possible.
[About Bardem] I was just trying to persuade him to do the fucking part! It’s like, “Please do the part, you can do it anyway you want!” I was very conscious that I needed a great actor to fill in the blanks. There was a certain amount of invention and it needed someone to ground it in reality. And Javier’s great thing was that he made it a human being, it’s not some construct. He somehow managed to find a beating heart to this person that’s vulnerable and weird and theatrical and funny and camp – all of these things that make him very disturbing.