Skyfall’s Bond May Be Saltier Than Usual

British actor Daniel Craig poses for photographers at a photocall to announce the start of production of the 23rd film in the James Bond series; 'Skyfall', in central London on November 3, 2011. The film sees Craig return to the role in his third outing as the spy hero and will be directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.  Production begins on November 7 with worldwide release scheduled for October 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: LEON NEAL/2011 AFP

Bond fans had every right to expect that it would be a stretch to see a third film with 007 brooding over the death of Casino Royale's Vesper Lynd. But Sam Mendes is directing, and Sam Mendes is a director of dramatic things, and Daniel Craig's already-brooding Bond will be extra-dramatic this time. "Some people sometimes forget in the cliche of Bond, which is the international playboy, and someone who's always untroubled, and almost never breaks a sweat, that actually what [author Ian Fleming] created was a very conflicted character," Mendes said at a press conference in Istanbul, where Skyfall was shooting. So do expect a "combination of lassitude, boredom, depression" and "difficulty with what he's chosen to do for a living, which is to kill." Ready the sad martinis!