How do you like your James Bond served? Shaken, not stirred, right?! But what if James Bond was neither shaken nor stirred?! What if he was more.. dramatic?..
File the following under rumor for now but Express heard that the director of the next Bond film, Oscar winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty) wants to tone down the action scenes and stunts in BOND 23, with the intention that they might aim for more plot, more "emotional depth" and more "characterful performances" that would hopefully catch the attention of Oscar voters.
An Oscar-nominated James Bond movie, ..now that's a thought. But would it work and would the fans be ok with such drastic change and could Daniel Craig pull it off?
Javier Bardem recently confirmed that he would play a villain in BOND 23. Bardem himself is an Oscar winner (No Country For Old Men) And Ralph Fiennes is still rumored to also play a role in this film and his role is said to be the return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld - no confirmation yet. Fiennes is a 2 time Oscar nominee (Schindler's List, The English Patient)
So yes, this is all just a rumor for now, I just can't visualize James Bond with less action, less explosives, less stunts and less gadgets though. The previous two films, Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, already had so little of that, now they want to cut out some more, just for the sake of wanting to become Oscar worthy? The website said this is a bad idea because "
"..this 007 needs to make at least £300million to break even, it may be a very high price to pay for an Oscar nomination.”
What do you think? Would you want to watch a James Bond movie that doesn't feel like a James Bond movie at all?