Stephen Sommers Says G.I. Joe Movie Inspired by Classic James Bond
by Alex Billington
January 23, 2009
Anyone who followed our James Bond Week last November knows that I am a huge James Bond fan. So when I came across this quote, I just had to run it, even though at first I wasn't interested. For whatever reason (maybe because we haven't seen a trailer yet?), the upcoming G.I. Joe movie has no buzz at all. That will probably change the moment we see a trailer, but until then, we've got to rely on quotes like this. Director Stephen Sommers chimed in with Entertainment Weekly to primarily address a stupid gossip rumor, but also talked briefly about his inspirations which, as you guessed, involve James Bond.
"I always loved the old Bonds," Sommers tells EW. "It's funny now how Bond wants to be Bourne. I loved Quantum of Solace, but it was like, man, this is a completely different movie to the Bonds I grew up with. In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at the end of that movie just blew my socks off. In G.I. Joe, there's an underwater battle under the polar icecap that's Thunderball times 10!"
On one hand, I could take this and say that Sommers just likes shooting useless big budget action scenes. But on the other, I could say that I've actually gained a bit of respect (or maybe just some appreciation) for Sommers because of it. Whenever I hear someone talk about the classic James Bond movies like this, it gets me excited and I gain just a little bit of respect for them. We have yet to see whether Sommers can actually pull off a good G.I. Joe movie, but if it is anything at all like the classic James Bonds, then I can't wait. Hopefully we'll see some actual footage from this in the next month, because I'm getting impatient!