Magazine article Screen International

Sam Mendes "Frustrated" over Time Pressures on 'Spectre'

Magazine article Screen International

Sam Mendes "Frustrated" over Time Pressures on 'Spectre'

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Sam Mendes has revealed the time pressures he experienced while making Spectre, his second James Bond feature that has so far taken $750m at the global box office.

Speaking at a BAFTA Life In Pictures event, the British film-maker said: "One of the things I found frustrating about Spectre was that I didn't quite have the amount of time I wanted... because of obvious pressures.

"They need a movie every two or three years to fulfil the studio obligation. I understand that, but it's still tricky and we didn't have that problem with Skyfall."

Mendes recalled how a time delay on previous Bond film Skyfall, which took more than $1bn worldwide and remains the most commercially successful film of all time in the UK, had actually benefitted the process.

"In retrospect it was a stroke of luck - at the time it was a pain in the neck - which is that MGM went bankrupt and we had had nine months downtime when we weren't officially allowed to work on the film," said Mendes of making Skyfall. …

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