Brit theater director Sam Mendes, having directed five incisive films about American culture including Oscar-winner "American Beauty," "Revolutionary Road," and "Jarhead," turned his sights to Britain's iconic James Bond franchise with "Skyfall." The Guardian looks at what Mendes brought to 007, which has been getting raves, with contributions from "Skyfall" stars Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris–and, for good measure, "Road to Perdition" star Jude Law.
Craig: "Sam had this stratospheric start to his career and made these great films, but he had never made a movie at home. And he is such a cinephile, so it is extraordinary that the first British film he has made is James Bond, which is about as British as it can be."
Harris: "Sam comes from a theatre background, so I knew he would speak the language of actors. I knew he would know how to direct us. It is surprising how many film directors don't know how to do that."
Law on working with Mendes: "It was a very smooth operation, but the script allowed for quite a bit of interpretation and Sam relished letting my imagination go. I visited the Donmar under Sam regularly and his diversity of style was inspiring. Somehow everything he touched became relevant."