Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, Jarhead) was unofficially hired as director of Bond 23 back in January and had been flirting with various projects while the MGM situation dragged on for most of the year. With MGM emerging from bankruptcy, a November 2012 release pencilled in, and composer David Arnold revealing this week that the film was “back on” it looks like things will finally get moving on Bond 23.
Now Kate Winslet, who recently divorced from Mendes but remains good friends, revealed that she will be heading back to London next year with their children so that Mendes can work on the next Bond film.
From The Daily Mail:
‘Sam is doing the next Bond film, all being well, and we’ll all be in England if that happens. It’s such a massive commitment for him and it’s not fair for him to commute backwards and forwards to New York from London. It would be impossible. The children will be there with me,’ Kate told me exclusively.
I asked Kate if there was a small role for her in the Bond picture, perhaps as a Bond girl? She laughed and shook her head and said: ‘No!’ However, she did not rule out the possibility of working with Sam again. ‘I can see us working together again — that’s the way it is. ‘We’re really good friends and have very good respect for each other. I can see it, but you’d have to ask Sam what he thinks,’ Kate told me.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Kate Winslet in Bond 23, in fact I would actively encourage it, but that’s for Mendes and the producers to decide and what works best for the story.
Last year Peter Morgan, writer of The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Last King of Scotland, was hired to work on the script for Bond 23 alongside regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. As the film starts back up again their script could be dusted off for a polish, or they could hire new writers to work on a totally different story. We’ll probably find out over the next few months what MGM’s plans are.