'Skyfall' Video Blog: Sam Mendes Discusses His James Bond Vision

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) talks about his love for the James Bond franchise in the first behind-the-scenes video released for 'Skyfall'.

While James Bond fans patiently await the release of an official trailer for this year's 23rd installment in the iconic secret agent franchise (titled Skyfall), they have a new behind-the-scenes video blog to both help pass the time and tease actor Daniel Craig's third lap around as the new iteration of 007.

Skyfall's Oscar-winning helmer Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) is the focus of this clip, which is mostly composed of an interview with the filmmaker expressing his interest in and longtime adoration of the Bond series - along with brief glimpses of scenes from the actual movie - including, the sequence where Bond infiltrates Shanghai, as teased in the first official Skyfall still.

Have a look at what may be the first of several Skyfall video blogs to come:

This Skyfall production clip is somewhat underwhelming when compared to the highly informative production diary videos that Peter Jackson has been posting for The Hobbit. Not that it matters, seeing how anticipation for the new Bond adventure is already sky-high (no pun) thanks in part to the extended delay between installments resulting from MGM's bankruptcy drama.

If there's anything especially interesting to note from this video, it's Mendes' comment about fashioning Skyfall as "a big fabulous escapist movie" that still reflects thoughtfully about the contemporary world. Mendes' involvement with the film has long prompted rumors about Skyfall being an "artsy" Bond flick that tones down the action set pieces, but the filmmaker makes it pretty apparent here: that's not actually the plan.

As for all those Skyfall mysteries about Ralph Fiennes' character, how Naomie Harrris as Agent Eve fits into the storyline, and just who the villain being played by Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is? Well, it looks like it's best to not expect much more official insight into those matters until the actual film is released.

Skyfall will hit theaters in the U.S. on November 9th, 2012.


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