Mendes says The Dark Knight inspired Skyfall

“Why so serious, 007?”

It turns out comparisons between Skyfall, the new 007 movie, and Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movies were on target. Skyfall director Sam Mendes says The Dark Knight, the second of Nolan’s trilogy of Bat movies, was an inspiration for the 23rd James Bond film.

The director is quoted by THE PLAYLIST:

Just as “Casino Royale” reinvigorated the Bond series, Christopher Nolan did the same with his ‘Dark Knight’ series and when asked, Mendes says he was “directly inspired” by what those films achieved.

“In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically ‘The Dark Knight,’ the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody,” he explained about how it influenced his approach.

“We’re now in an industry where movies are very small or very big and there’s almost nothing in the middle,” he continued. “And it would be a tragedy if all the serious movies were very small and all the popcorn movies were very big and have nothing to say. And 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.”

Comparisons between Skyfall and The Dark Knight began earlier this year when Skyfall’s teaser trailer came out. There was a silhouette of Javier Bardem’s villain Silva that resembled Heath Ledger’s Joker from 2008’s The Dark Knight. Ledger ended up winning a posthumous Oscar for best supporting actor.

The comparisons have continued, with a number of early reviews commenting on similarities between the Mendes-directed Skyfall and Nolan-helmed Batman movies. Nolan, meanwhile, is an acknowledged James Bond fan and his 2010 film Inception included an homage to 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Now, it appears, Mendes may have done an homage — at least in spirit — the other way to Nolan’s dark take on Batman, which concluded with this year’s The Dark Knight Rises.

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13 Responses

  1. This is not making me feel good. I didn’t like “THE DARK KNIGHT” that much.

  2. I just don’t get it how people – and specially Movie critics – always have to rely on something already achieved to then dare asserting they like a move .
    If ‘ The Dark Knight ‘ truly inspired Skyfall – which I seriously doubt – then indeed ‘ LtK ‘ must have inspired ‘ True Lies ‘ ? Bullshit …

  3. I do not intend to be a naysayer here, but as John Brosnan pointed out in the second edition of James Bond in the Cinema, the series used to influence other movies in the 60’s. In the later films, notably LALD, TMWTGG, MR, AVTAK, and LTK, the Bonds took their inspiration from, respectively, blaxploitation, kung fu, Star Wars, Superman and Miami Vice. The reboot has looked to the Bourne films and now DK. I know there are no original ideas in Hollywood anymore, but Eon is not in Hollywood. Is it too much to ask for an fresh Bond film on the leading edge, rather than the trailing one?

  4. Substitute “a” for “an” in the last sentence of my post.

  5. Loathing The Dark Knight personally, I am not surprised. I couldn’t help but shake this TDK vibe from Skyfall with the MI6 building being under attack and the long haired Silva being in disguise as a policeman. On the other hand, from what I seen from all the tv spots and trailers, Skyfall doesn’t seem all too self important.

  6. Mark: I truly wonder if EON was paying attention to Mission Impossible 4 which was a finely crafted love letter to Bond movies.

  7. MI4 blew Skyfall out of the water.

    The unoriginality and the predictability of Skyfall’s main themes made it an ‘ehhh, it was good’ experience when watching.

    No one walked out of the theatre going, “THAT. WAS. AWESOME.”

  8. […] The Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall has now passed The Dark Knight Returns at $1.08 billion. The final of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies had held the No. 2 spot for 2012 and No. 7 slot for all-time. Mendes has said previously that Nolan’s second Batman film, The Dark Knight, influenced the development of Skyfall. […]

  9. […] of all, Skyfall director Sam Mendes has said The Dark Knight was an inspiration in Skyfall’s development and he spoke admirably about director Christopher Nolan’s work on the 2008 film. Watching the […]

  10. […] 007 film crew also owes Finger a debt. Sam Mendes, the director of Skyfall, is on record as saying 2008′s The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, inspired elements of the 2012 007 film. That extends to Thomas […]

  11. […] The most obvious sign: director Christopher Nolan, a self-described 007, adapted Bond bits (the Bond-Q briefing evolved into Bruce Wayne getting new equipment from Lucius Fox) into his three Batman movies. Director Sam Mendes in Skyfall returned the favor, saying Nolan’s 2008 The Dark Knight influenced the 2012 007 film. […]

  12. […] Quantum roughly matched Casino’s box office. The next 007 entry, Skyfall, didn’t adhere so much to Bourne as it did to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, another dark series. Skyfall director Sam Mendes even acknowledged the influence. […]

  13. […] It’s hard to know how many, but — via Internet message boards and social media outlets — there are a lot of vocal 007 fans critical about “comic book movies.” For these fans, Bond is above that sort of thing. For them, “comic book movies” are glorified cartoons. Except, of course, when director Sam Mendes acknowledged that The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, INFLUENCED 2012’s SKYFALL. […]

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