With Skyfall all set to hit our screens next week Sam Mendes has admitted he was 'directly inspired' by Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. 

Speaking to The Playlist Mendes said the Dark Knight was a 'game changer' which inspired him to make Skyfall with more complexity. 'In terms of what Chris Nolan achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional… it was a game changer for everybody.What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that is thrilling and entertaining and has a lot to say about the world we live in, even if, in the case with The Dark Knight, it's not even set in our world.'That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible' he added.

In the interview Mendes revealed he had not seen all of the Pierce Brosnan 007 films and also admitted that initially he thought Daniel Craig was not a good casting for the role. But his opinion was changed when he saw him in Casino Royale. Despite not being too impressed with Quantum of Solace and previously having no interest in doing a bond film he changed his mind when Craig approached him to helm Skyfall. Mendes said 'I was on record as saying that I didn’t think he was good casting. Then I saw it and was blown away and was suddenly interested again, as a character, and eager to see the next one. I was slightly disappointed with ‘Quantum of Solace’ although I think it’s got a bit of a short shrift, there’s a lot in it that’s interesting. But when I met with Daniel and he asked whether or not I was interested in doing it, I found myself saying yes very quickly. It was just good timing.'

Mendes has not ruled out doing another Bond movie and with Daniel Craig signed up for at least two more movies it might not be the last we see of these two. the movie has already received great praise and according to our movie editor Caroline Foran 'Skyfall is the best Bond yet'. You  can read her review here. Skyfall starring Daniel Craig is released on the 26th October.