With director Sam Mendes’ second and actor Daniel Craig’s fourth outing with James Bond set to hit cinemas this Fall, a new quote about “Spectre” has emerged in a new interview with Mendes for EW.
Mendes was asked about how his previous Bond film “Skyfall” connects to the new one, and he indicated that his aim with the new one was to tell a kind of retroactive origin story:
“Bond has been rebooted at the end of [“Skyfall”]. This is only the beginning of the story. The Bond creation myth never happened. I felt there was an opportunity there: What made him? And who were the people who affected him along the way? You’re sort of telling the story backwards of how Bond became Bond. A lot of the film is a celebration of what it is to be Bond, but it’s not retro. Hopefully it’s not just classic Bond but a classic thriller.”
Craig is signed on for one more Bond film after “Spectre” and is expected to retire from the role after that. With “Skyfall” essentially resetting Bond back to formula and now “Spectre” resetting the villains of the piece and filling in Bond’s backstory, it looks as if Craig’s final outing will be the one in which we see him doing his full on classic James Bond with whomever takes over for him continuing in that vein.