The WW1 movie could be headed for BAFTA and Oscars’ glory after its big wins at the Golden Globes on Sunday. 1917 director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins have worked together on a number of films, with the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall being a highlight. During a press conference last month, Express.co.uk asked what influence their 007 team-up had on 1917, which is just as gorgeously shot.
Mendes, who has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List said: “You bring all the things you’ve done together into the relationship.
“We’ve done four movies now together and, I think, it becomes almost at times telepathic.
“You know each others’ tastes very well, and trust each other hopefully.
“And the best days are sometimes the days where you say almost nothing to each other.”
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1917 is cleverly edited to make it look as though the whole movie were one take.
Understandably, to capture the footage, actors had to make sure they didn’t make a single mistake or they’d have to start again.
On the challenging shoot, Mendes said: “You can have seven minutes of magic and then if someone trips or a lighter doesn’t work or they just do something normal like they forget half a line, you’ve got to start again and none of it is usable.
“We did seesaw between thinking, ‘why are we doing this to ourselves?’ and thinking ‘this is the only way to work’.”
He added: “It was all the first until it was the second and the feeling…was so great when we got it that we wanted to do it again. There were some really tough days.”
Mendes, who directed the last two Daniel Craig James Bond movies, has revealed he’s looking forward to Cary Fukunaga’s No Time To Die.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, he said: “Am I going to be able to enjoy it? Absolutely, yeah yeah. No, totally. I think doing this movie  – I think if I hadn’t done another movie it would be weird. Not that I wanted to do it, but it would seem very odd that there I was. But I’d gone so far into another world, you know, and so immersed in it, that to me it just seems like, I can’t wait [for No Time to Die].”
1917 is released in UK cinemas now.