In one of the queerest movie decisions I can remember in a while, Sam Mendes has been chosen to direct the next Bond film. Mendes is best known…well, pretty much exclusively known…for directing the sort of “Wow, Western Civilization sucks” fare favored by the chattering classes: American Beauty (for which he naturally won an Oscar), Jarhead, Revolutionary Road…
I guess after the comparative fiasco of Quantum of Silence, the Bond People decided to shake things up, while also bringing in a ‘revered’ director. Which is fine. Who knows, maybe Mendes wants to stretch and just have fun and will turn out a great movie.
However, it amazes me that Hollywood types refuse to just look to the obvious. (I could write a whole article in this regard just on Sony’s Fantastic Four movies.) It’s not like the reasons most everyone disliked QoS are a big secret. In sum, it was the horrible direction and flash / stutter editing. The whole point of the Bond series is to present incredible practical stunts, which is why there there was an uproar over that horrible CGI effect of Bond surfing a tidal wave in one of the Brosnan movies.
That fight on the museum scaffolding looked awesome–or it would have been if we could have seen it. Imagine the poor stuntmen, putting in the huge amount of work to block the thing, much less shoot it. Then to see the finished film and realized that your hard work had been utterly obscured in the editing room.
So really, assuming Mendes is not planning to impose a ridiculously inappropriate political position on Bond, I really don’t have an issue with his hiring. But for heaven’s sake, direct the film cleanly so that we can see what the hell is going on.