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“We’re not going to let him get away,” she says. “We want him to keep making these films as long as he’s willing.”

Daniel gives you more opportunities,” Mr. Wilson adds. “He is definitely the main reason people want to be in these films.”

Mr. Mendes credits another inspiration: Christopher Nolan, whose “Dark Knight” trilogy of Batman films, Mr. Mendes says, “made B movies into A films.”

“It’s very important in an environment now where you can only make very big movies or very small movies, that very big movies are not robbed of meaning,” Mr. Mendes says. “I’m not saying they all have to be treatises on the future of the world or humanity, but they can carry something that’s not just escapism.”

“Skyfall” has plenty of that too: the gadgets, the chase sequences, the one-liners. But Mr. Craig and company believe they have now successfully recalibrated Bond for a new era. After “Quantum,” Mr. Craig says, he had no idea where the films could go. Now, he’s clearly energized by the foundation they have laid with “Skyfall.”

“I want an exploding volcano with a base underneath it,” Mr. Craig says. “Why not? I think we’re allowed. We’ve set the tone. The tone’s good, it’s a good tone. It’s a serious tone, but it’s funny and all those things.

“The stories,” he says, “now seem endless.”