ISTANBUL (AP) – The next James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” promises the usual action, exotic locations, scheming villains, and beautiful women. For fans of the original novels by Ian Fleming, there’s more: a journey into the troubled psyche of the iconic spy.
After all, the director of the 23rd film in the franchise, which spans half a century, is Sam Mendes, whose cinematic studies of personalities in emotional turmoil and even meltdown include “American Beauty” and “Revolutionary Road.”
“You always go back to the Fleming because the character Fleming created over a number of novels was incredibly complex,” Mendes said Sunday at a news conference in Istanbul, where the crew of “Skyfall” has filmed.
“Some people sometimes forget in the cliche of Bond, which is the international playboy, and someone who’s always untroubled, and almost never breaks a sweat, that actually what (Fleming) created was a very conflicted character,” said Mendes, who was joined by cast members, including Bond actor Daniel Craig.
Fleming created a secret agent who was sometimes frustrated and ambivalent about his job.