German Cinema Magazine Blickpunkt Film has published an interview with Die Another Day director Lee Tamahori.
|How big is the influence of Barbara and Mickey G?
Both, Barbara and Michael are creative heads who are behind most of the stories of the Bond movies. A Bond movie is a work between the producers, the screen writers and me. We all were sitting in one room and discussed our ideas.
What did you try to change?
I have built up the female main character. The same I did with the smaller roles. Somehow those lovely small characters like Kerim Bey in From Russia With Love disappeared. I’ve tried to change that. I want those people to return in the Bond movies. Well, and another big decission was made about the end. During shooting we’ve regocnized that we were shooting a classical Bond finale. But I didn’t want just the bomb tick boom boom end. So we’ve developped the end and had to re-shoot some scenes.
And the studio did let you do that?
The studio was clever enough to realize that you have to spent a lot of money to earn a lot of money.
How do you like XXX?
I liked it as action film. But give them 10 years and you’ll see what happens. “Lethal Weapon” made four, “Die Hard” three. I don’t believe XXX will make more than three. John Calley from Sony doesn’t like the Broccoli Clan. Maybe that was the reason why he praised his movie so much.
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Tim Roth @ 2002-10-14