"Casino Royale" was reported hugely influenced by the "Bourne" films, and with the release of "Skyfall" coming up, there is talk about the film was influenced by "The Dark Knight".
Sam Mendes, director of "Skyfall" doesn't deny the claims. In fact, he says he was "directly inspired" by it. Mendes told The Playlist, "In terms of what [Nolan] achieved, specifically The Dark Knight, the second movie, what it achieved, which is something exceptional. It was a game changer for everybody…. Nolan proved 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."
He went on to say, "It felt like a movie that was about our world post-9/11 and played on our fears and discussed our fears and why they existed and I thought that was incredibly brave and interesting. That did help give me the confidence to take this movie in directions that, without The Dark Knight, might not have been possible. Because also, people go, ‘Wow, that's pretty dark,' but then you can point to Dark Knight and go ‘Look at that - that's a darker movie, and it took in a gazillion dollars!' That's very helpful. There's also that thing - it's clearly possible to make a dark movie that people want to see."
"Skyfall" will be released on November 9.