We can all thank Hugh Jackman for getting Sam Mendes his job as director of “Skyfall.” If it wasn’t for an invite to Jackman’s 41st birthday party three years ago, Mendes never would have innocently asked his old friend Daniel Craig who was directing the next James Bond movie.
“I honestly believe if I hadn’t gone to the party, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Mendes tells The New York Daily News. “It was very odd, it was just one of those fateful things.”
Mendes, who has been friends with Craig since he directed him in the 2002 movie “Road to Perdition,” elaborates, “I was sitting with him and I said, ‘How are you doing? When’s the next Bond movie?’ And Dan said, ‘Oh I don’t know.’ And I said, ‘Who’s going to direct it?’ There was no sort of, like, ulterior motive. It was just like making conversation. He said, ‘I don’t know — why don’t you do it? And I just thought, ‘Yeah.’ It was a weird thing. I had a kind of a feeling in the pit of my stomach.”
The rest, as they say, is history. Craig pitched the idea to producer Michael G. Wilson, who decided the Academy Award-winning director was a good fit for the 23rd 007 movie. Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reviews for “Skyfall,” we’d argue Mendes was the right choice.
“Skyfall” hits theaters tomorrow (Nov. 9).