Bond 23 ‘Skyfall’ expected to drop action scenes in Oscar bid

Sam Mendes' 007 film rumoured to be focusing on drama and dialogue

Forthcoming James Bond film, the 23rd in the series, is expected to make a bid for an Oscar, and sacrifice trademark action scenes in doing so.

Director Sam Mendes, best known for American Beauty and Road To Perdition is rumoured to be planning “characterful performances” in favour of high-velocity stunts the rebooted series has become known for.

007 himself Daniel Craig has previously said he’d like to bring more “emotional depth” to the role.

A source told The Express: “There are growing rumours Sam Mendes is cutting out the action scenes and making it Oscar-friendly,” before revealing planned action scenes in India have all been axed, though scenes in Istanbul and Duntrune Castle in Argyll “are still there for the moment”.

Alongside the returning Craig and Dame Judi Dench, who plays M, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem and two-time Oscar-nominee Ralph Fiennes are lined up to star.

Bond 23 is expected to be called Skyfall after Sony registered a number of URLs with the name last month. The film will be released in late 2012.