‘Spectre’: Sam Mendes Confirms It’s James Bond’s Origin Story

     August 14, 2015

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As we march closer to the November 6th release date of Sam Mendes’ Spectre, you can expect more tidbits to leak out about the Bond film. But the story of Spectre actually starts with the final moments of Skyfall, according to Mendes.

Here’s what he said about his previous Bond film and how it connects to his current one in an interview with EW:

“Bond has been rebooted at the end of the movie. This is only the beginning of the story.”


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Image via Sony Pictures and MGM

In other words, Spectre will be an origin story of sorts about how Bond came to be the Bond we know and love, especially since Daniel Craig’s version has been particularly dark and disturbed over the last few installments. If this origin approach sounds a little strange to you, Mendes provides his explanation below:

“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.”

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Image via Sony Pictures

So the Bond we’ve seen in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall is not necessarily representative of what Bond will become in Spectre and beyond. Craig is signed on for Bond 25 but after that, it remains to be seen just who will step into 007’s shoes, let alone what kind of personality we’ll be getting in the super-spy. Craig himself offered up his take on Spectre:

“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.”


It certainly sounds interesting, not only from a character perspective but from a view a little higher up that may actually take the future of the franchise into account. In addition to these news tidbits, EW also provided a new image from Spectre. You can check that out below:

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Image via Sony Pictures


For more on Spectre, check out some of our recent coverage below:

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Image via Sony Pictures and MGM


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