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In what way was The Dark Knight a direct inspiration for Skyfall? Sam Mendes tells all

Oct. 22, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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I know, I know, you're probably tired of hearing how THE DARK KNIGHT influenced this or influences that and inspired some property that didn't need it to be more gritty and dark and disturbing or realistic or what have you.  But don't worry - this isn't in quite the same vein. More or less.

Batman is Bond's secret ally in SKYFALL.  Spoilers.  Sorry.

No, but seriously: when director Sam Mendes was asked if he was ever interested in doing a Bond film, he flat out replied "No, not at all."  It just wasn't what sparked his personal passion insofar as filmmaking went, even though he loved the series in and of itself.  But it was a combination of Daniel Craig's personal pitch and the overall reinvigoration of the franchise with CASINO ROYALE that turned Mendes' opinion around, a reinvorgation that is not very far removed from what Nolan did with Batman.  And when asked, Mendes went on to reveal that he "was 'directly inspired' by what those films achieved."

"In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically THE DARK KNIGHT, second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody.  We’re now in an industry where movies are very small or very big and there’s almost nothing in the middle," he continued. "And it would be a tragedy if all the serious movies were very small and all the popcorn movies were very big and have nothing to say. And what 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. Because also, people go, ‘Wow, that’s pretty dark,’ but then you can point to ‘Dark Knight’ and go ‘Look at that – that’s a darker movie, and it took in a gazillion dollars!’ That’s very helpful. There’s also that thing – it’s clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see."

So... I guess it kind of was about being dark.  But I like to think of it more in terms of: making the emotionally complex/thematically challenging/sometimes morally questionable commerical.  And for someone like Bond, while humor and snark and charm are essential ingredients? Well, it doesn't hurt to have access to the other either.

Mendes and Craig on the set of Skyfall

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Extra Tidbit: Mendes and Craig were friends prior to his casting as Bond. And once cast, Mendes went on record saying that he didn't think Craig was right for the part. He changed his tune upon seeing CASINO ROYALE.
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11:41PM on 10/22/2012

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Sam: "Why don't you go over there and finish what you're doing with your hands right now."
Sam: "Why don't you go over there and finish what you're doing with your hands right now."
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10:23PM on 10/22/2012
Hmmm.....

Chris Nolan, meet Bond. Bond, meet Chris Nolan. *wink wink*
Hmmm.....

Chris Nolan, meet Bond. Bond, meet Chris Nolan. *wink wink*
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3:58PM on 10/22/2012
wait, so, Bond, will he or won't he have a deep raspy 007 voice while wearing the tuxedo, and then his regular voice while banging foreign models? (or vice versa) ?? and hockey pads?
wait, so, Bond, will he or won't he have a deep raspy 007 voice while wearing the tuxedo, and then his regular voice while banging foreign models? (or vice versa) ?? and hockey pads?
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9:22PM on 10/22/2012
I'm sorry, but I laughed out loud when I read this...pretty funny stuff.
I'm sorry, but I laughed out loud when I read this...pretty funny stuff.
11:38PM on 10/22/2012
ROFL, very very funny! +10
ROFL, very very funny! +10
1:04PM on 10/22/2012
So sick of people talking about "Dark" films. I like them too but it just sounds dumb when people keep talking about the quality of films based on how dark they are.
So sick of people talking about "Dark" films. I like them too but it just sounds dumb when people keep talking about the quality of films based on how dark they are.
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9:48AM on 10/22/2012
"So you'll be running from that direction. You get to the car, open the door and turn to face the camera. Got it? Okay, now pull this."
"So you'll be running from that direction. You get to the car, open the door and turn to face the camera. Got it? Okay, now pull this."
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1:36PM on 10/22/2012
Thanks for making me laugh!!
Thanks for making me laugh!!
3:52AM on 10/23/2012
:)
:)
9:17AM on 10/22/2012
I'm starting to think Javier Bardem's character would have some sort of reflection to The Joker of The Dark Knight now that Mendes told us like this. I'm so excited! Okay, caption time: Mendes to Craig - "There. That's the guy who convinced me you're not right for Bond". Craig replies "Why, you ... !"
I'm starting to think Javier Bardem's character would have some sort of reflection to The Joker of The Dark Knight now that Mendes told us like this. I'm so excited! Okay, caption time: Mendes to Craig - "There. That's the guy who convinced me you're not right for Bond". Craig replies "Why, you ... !"
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8:48AM on 10/22/2012
Skyfall looks like its going to be a total blast. There's one pic of Javier Bardem in a couple of the tv spots that shows him shooting up the place with an incredibly menacing smile on his face .. it eerily reminded me of The Joker, I guess that's my comparison between the two films lol. Lets hope Skyfall is as quality a film as TDK is.
Skyfall looks like its going to be a total blast. There's one pic of Javier Bardem in a couple of the tv spots that shows him shooting up the place with an incredibly menacing smile on his face .. it eerily reminded me of The Joker, I guess that's my comparison between the two films lol. Lets hope Skyfall is as quality a film as TDK is.
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