Mendes spoke to Empire:
It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.
Damn. Skyfall will be a tough act for any director to follow.
You know, Quentin Tarantino has always wanted to direct a Bond film. And he did not like Skyfall. He ruled out the possibility a couple months ago, but J.J. Abrams also ruled out doing Star Wars once upon a time…
“Yes, I thought Casino Royale was tremendous. I thought his action was quite extraordinary—he did more action in the first 30 seconds of the film than I did in 14 years of playing Bond. To me, he looks like a killer. He looks as though he knows what he’s doing. I look as though I might cheat at backgammon.”
Roger Moore, speaking with Glen Levy of Time about Daniel Craig.
This is immediately after he declared Craig the Bond after seeing Skyfall.
[via Daring Fireball]
I don’t know why I already find this image so iconic. But I do.
Video: World’s largest outdoor LED TV.
The ‘C Seed 201’ is a 201 inch diagonal (5 meters!) backlit monster of a display, which stores away underground in a waterproof shaft. At the press of a finger on the remote control’s fingerprint scanner, the unit rises up and unfolds the screen, which can be rotated up to 270 degrees.
Some reports put the cost of the unit at around half a million Euros, although as the saying goes, “if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it”.
Now this is a home theater.
James Bond “Skyfall” opening title sequence, by Daniel Kleinman.
I loved Skyfall, and this title sequence is the best Bond has had in years.
Update: Looks like the video was removed. Damn.
‘Skyfall’ hauled in almost $90 million in the U.S. and half a billion dollars worldwide this weekend, a record for the Bond franchise.
There seems to be a pretty high correlation between the quality of the Bond film and the amount of money it has made (adjusted for inflation, as it should be). Well, if you don’t include Moonraker.
I expect Skyfall to be near the top of this list as well.