Bond Skyfall: Director Sam Mendes’s First Video Blog

Plus, a new behind-the-scenes photo and a make-or-break poll to vote in

Columbia has posted director Sam Mendes’ first video blog from the next James Bond film, Skyfall, on 007.com, along with a new photo (below).

Skfall is set for release on 9 November, starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace.

Of course, there’s been a long, long debate both in SFX the magazine and on this website about whether James Bond is actually a franchise SFX should be covering at all. And we can’t go on with this “judge every film on its individual merits’ basis because a) sometimes it’s impossible to know how sci-fi a Bond film will be until we’ve actually seen it and b) some people would argue that even the least sci-fi Bonds – Casino Royale, for example – have gadgets and scenes that stretch credulity.

So, since there requests at the SFX Weekender for this to be decided, let’s settle this once and for all: should SFX be covering Bond? Yes or no. We’ll abide by your decision. (For the moment, anyway…)