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Spectre - Sam Mendes DVD interview


Compiled by Jack Foley

SAM Mendes discusses returning to the world of James Bond for a second time with Spectre and what he thinks of the finished film.

He also discusses the film’s now iconic opening sequence, set in Mexico. SPECTRE is available on Digital HD™ from February 19, and Blu-ray™ & DVD from February 22, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Q. What has it been like creating a new film to conclude the stories?
Sam Mendes: Playing a difficult game, probably one that hasn’t been played in a Bond movie before is trying to make all of Daniel’s Bond movies feel like they’re linked, story wise to one figure. There is inevitably with that, a sense of conclusion and that was intentional.

Q. What do you think of Spectre?
Sam Mendes: I wanted to bring in many of the things that I loved when I was a twelve year old watching a Bond movie, the cars, the glamorous locations and the romance and the wit as well, the mischief of the earlier movies which I felt because of where Bond was as a character in Skyfall we weren’t quite able to achieve, it wasn’t through lack of trying but when a character is weak and has been injured and is coming back to strength, it’s very difficult for them to crack wise and make jokes whereas here it’s much easier to have fun with it so I wanted some of that flavour and it is nostalgic, there’s a nostalgic element to the film, the last film was shot on digital and this movie we shot on film.

This has got more romance in it, a bit more of an old school flamboyance I think. I think the choice you make when you make a second film using the same characters which is basically what we did here is whether to remake the same movie in a different form or something completely different and the only thing that interested me was to make something totally different in its surface for the emotional journey to continue for real.

Q. What are your thoughts on the iconic opening sequence?
Sam Mendes: I’d been to Rome and spent a bit of time in Morocco and I’d been to the Alps but I’d never been to Mexico City so there was that, the newness of it, I’ve travelled but I’d not been here so that was a new excitement and the fact that the energy of the place and what we were attempting to do involved so many other people whereas there’s a sort of isolation in some of the other chases, the city really was a character and the people were characters in the movie and that gave us a huge boost of energy and also because it had come halfway – everything leading up to Mexico City had been very difficult – Mexico City was a big turning point for the movie and everything after that turned out to be much, much easier.

I think a lot of it had to do with what happened here, it’s not a coincidence, put it that way that we’re here for the North and South American premiere because it’s a huge part of the movie.

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SPECTRE is available on Digital HD™ from February 19, and Blu-ray™ & DVD from February 22, from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.