Sam Mendes is yet to be officially attached to Bond 23—whether as a director or consultant—but the Oscar-winner is be backed for the job by two-time James Bond helmer Martin Campbell.
In a recent interview with Time Out, the Casino Royale and GoldenEye director briefly discussed 007 and gave his approval of Mendes.
‘Sam will do a splendid job,’ Campbell stated. ‘I felt Quantum of Solace completely lost its way. We were lucky on Casino Royale, it was the origin story of Bond. Bond had the one and only affair that meant anything to him, and affected him throughout the rest of the series. I had sympathy for the writers after that because clearly the guy can’t have another meaningful relationship, he’s been fucked over by the last one. But you’ve got to do something with the character, he’s got to go somewhere.’
He continued: ‘I’m sure Sam and Peter Morgan will come up with something. The secret to Bond is to remember it’s Bond. It’s been successful for 22 incarnations. There are a lot of elements that work, so don’t f–k with them.’
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