Mendes has high hopes for latest 007 adventure...
Alex Winehouse
14:44 25th October 2011

Bond 23 Sam Mendes is to tone down the action on the next 007 movie and concentrate on "characterful performances" in an attempt to land an Oscar.

Daniel Craig has previously stated his intention to bring more "emotional depth" to the James Bond role, and Mendes seems to be in agreement - starting with the prospectively-titled Skyfall.

A source close to the director told The Express: "There are growing rumours Sam Mendes is cutting out the action scenes and making it Oscar-friendly."

The report claims that all action scenes set to be filmed in India have been axed from the film, though sequences to be shot in Istanbul and Duntrune Castle in Scotland "are still there for the moment."

The source added: "This could be a disaster in terms of sales at box office. Given that this 007 needs to make at least £300million to break even, it may be a very high price to pay for an Oscar nomination."

Bond 23 is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012.

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