The “James Bond 23″ press conference took place in London today with director Sam Mendes, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and cast members Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris. The title of Bond 23 is Skyfall.
Comic Book Movie:
“Bond’s journey takes him to Shanghai, Istanbul and to Scotland. Purvis and Wade and John Logan have written a fantastic script.” – Mendes
“It has a lot of action, and many other things too.” He’s confirmed Ben Whishaw, who’ll be playing a non-disclosed role.
Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes are also confirmed. He can’t say anything about ‘em “I am genuinely thrilled to have the most amazing cast.”
Mendes: “I got very excited when I saw my friend Daniel play Bond in Casino Royale. I thought the story of Skyfall was fantastic.”
Craig: “Tremendously excited by the people we’ve got in the movie. We’ve assembled an incredible crew. We start shooting today. THIS IS IT.”
Marlohe: “I play a glamorous, enigmatic character called Severin.”
Harris says she’s playing a field agent called Eve.
Skyfall doesn’t relate to any previous Bond title, or movie, apparently. And they don’t have anyone in mind for the theme song just yet.
Bardem: “Who told you a villain is a bad person? For me, it’s an honour to be at this table for many reasons. It will be fun to do.”
Harris: “I’ve bene stunt driving and doing yoga three times a week to get into shape, and firing machine guns, which I’ve got a taste for.”
Mendes has been put on the spot about directing another Bond movie. “If in six months I’m as excited as I am now, then yes.”
What does Skyfall mean?, asks one intrepid journalist. Broccoli: “It has emotional context which will be revealed in the film.”
Mendes: “It’s its own story. It doesn’t connect with the last two films.”
Mendes says that the names of Fiennes, Finney and Whishaw’s characters are withheld because Bond fans might know them. Or they might not.
Craig says that if he can do this for a few more years, he’ll be happy.