What will Mendes Bond be like?
There's been a bit of rumour about Bond 23, I mean when is there not rumour about a new film, particularly a Bond film that is supposed to be one of the money earners of the restructured MGM, and while I don't tend to like wild rumours, there's something interesting that comes out of the story.
The concern, which I don't think is such a big concern, is that Sam Mendes is apparently trying to turn around Bond 23 and make it less action and more character based, something that is much more, as the rumour says, Oscar material.
The story comes in from one of those annoying "sources" who themselves quote rumours they have heard, not even anything they've actually heard or seen, and they speculate that this could lead to disaster for the film and the new MGM. Who is this source? Do they work for another studio perhaps?
"There are growing rumours Sam Mendes is cutting out the action scenes and making it Oscar-friendly...This could be a disaster in terms of sales at box office. Given that this 007 needs to make at least £300m to break even, it may be a very high price to pay for an Oscar nomination."
That's the quote from the "source" through The Sunday Express and The Guardian, stating that all the Indian action sequences have been axed from the film and perhaps the other action sequences are next.
Call me crazy but that sounds like complete rubbish, and far from a decent source, not even one. You might not be taking a wild guess that it isn't someone from the film or even the studio.
The overriding concern of the story though is that Mendes is making a film that is more character based and Oscar material than an action Bond film.
You can see where the concern comes in, Sam Mendes is not the normal director you would expect to take on Bond and with American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead (Filmstalker review) and Revolutionary Road you can see where the idea comes from, Mendes isn't really action heavy he's more character based.
Yet, looking at these films you can also see that there is action in there, just not huge action sequences without meaning, and that was one of the downfalls of Quantum of Solace (Filmstalker review) was it not?
If we were so scared of a character based Bond would we have taken to Casino Royale (Filmstalker review)? The whole rebirth of Bond has been more character based and less action than any of the films before, I can't help but think that this story belongs in the ages before Casino Royale came.
Seriously, what is the problem with going back to a character based Bond? Moving away from that, even a little, didn't work so well for Quantum of Solace.
If this story tells us anything it's that Mendes is a strong choice for the film and that we're moving in the right direction for the Bond that people paid to see more of with Casino Royale.