New Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ was ‘directly inspired’ by ‘The Dark Knight’, says director

Sam Mendes says the Batman movies gave him the freedom to take Bond in a darker direction

Director Sam Mendes has admitted that new Bond movie Skyfall was “directly inspired” by Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

In an interview with The Playlist, Mendes said that Christopher Nolan achieved “something exceptional” with the Batman films. He then singled out 2008’s The Dark Knight as a “a game changer for everybody”.

He explained: “What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it’s not even set in our world. If felt like a movie that was about our world post-9/11 and played on our fears and discussed our fears and why they existed and I thought that was incredibly brave and interesting.”

Explaining how The Dark Knight influenced Skyfall, Mendes added: “[It] did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight might not have been possible. Because also, people go, ‘Wow, that’s pretty dark,’ but then you can point to The Dark Knight and go ‘Look at that – that’s a darker movie, and it took in a gazillion dollars!’ That’s very helpful. There’s also that thing – it’s clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see.”

Skyfall and Mendes have already been lavished with praise in the first wave of reviews by film critics. The 23rd Bond movie is due to open in UK cinemas on October 26 and you can watch the trailer below.

Meanwhile, Mendes has recently admitted that he would consider making another Bond movie, depending on how Bond fans react to Skyfall. Current 007 Daniel Craig is believed to be signed up for at least two more movies.