Spectre, the 24th official James Bond film (25th if you count the non-canon Sean Connery-starring Never Say Never Again, which should always be counted, God bless you Kim Basinger), is coming out in theaters across the country tomorrow. Returning director Sam Mendes (he also directed the last entry in the series, Skyfall) and star Daniel Craig sat down for a Times Talk last night in Manhattan. Bet you'll never guess what the first question was!

In addition to being one of the few interviews during this film's press circuit in which Craig did not appear horrified or filled with murderous rage for his interviewer, there were lots of good tidbits about creating the new film, behind-the-scenes stories about Craig's many Bond-related injuries, and much praise for Paul Newman. You can watch the livestream of the event in full below.

The most interesting part of the evening came around the 35 minute mark, when Mendes was asked about serving the many masters that come with a James Bond film. In describing the process, he inadvertently revealed some heavy truths about creating Spectre and juggling the requirements of the franchise, which reflects quite directly on the actual film (more on that TOMORROW). Here's Mendes:

A lot of Bond is the job of reverse-engineering. You have to accept that there's gonna be...you have to start with an action sequence. "Have to," there's no written rules, you don't get handed a sheet of paper saying, "I hereby declare you have to have three action sequences."

But I admired Casino Royale because of the way it was shaped around three big action sequences, I thought, that was a good structure, let's do that. Then you have to have these sweetener action sequences in the mix, so [the train fight] and even the cars in Rome [aren't] major action sequences in the movie. Then you have to have the girls, and then you have to have the glamorous locations, and then you have to have the MI6 story with M and Q and Moneypenny, and we've introduced three more characters so you have to have them, and then Bond has to have an emotional journey because, well, we set up that expectation in Skyfall.

And if you're not careful, it's like buying the furniture to a house and there's no house, and then you have to design the house around the furniture, and it's a pretty ugly house, because everything in the wrong place. So you then have to go back and make it all feel organic and effortless, and at the same time, you cant let any of those things sort of diminish in scale.

This method of movie-making is of course becoming par-for-the-course among major motion picture franchises (see: Joss Whedon's pained cries from the set of Avengers: Age Of Too Many Dangling Plotlines To Set Up Future Films)—but the whole point of the hard Bond reset with Craig and Casino Royale was to free up filmmakers to explore new aspects of the Bond mythos without having to worry too much about the last 50 years of his misogynistic adventures. It's one of the things that made Casino Royale one of the top three best Bond movies of all time! But unfortunately, the old tricks are back for Spectre, and it feels labored and obvious in a way that the other three Craig Bond films (yes, even the much maligned and underrated Quantum Of Solace) didn't.

We'll have more spoiler-y thoughts about the new film tomorrow, but a few other bits from the Times Talk: Craig calls Skyfall a post-Assange film and Spectre a post-Snowden film; he also said his most memorable scene was the first day of shooting Casino Royale when he knocked his tooth out. Mendes talked about his love for Judi Dench, fellow director Bennett Miller, and how they hadn't been planning on blowing up the Aston Martin in Skyfall (it was suggested on set as they were shooting the scene). Craig also injured himself shooting the aforementioned train sequence in Spectre (but he broke scene partner Dave Bautista's nose as well).

Craig claims (perhaps jokingly) that he shot lots of Skyfall while drunk, which might be an exaggeration, but he also related the story of how he drunkenly offered Mendes the director's chair on Skyfall without necessarily having permission to do so, so who knows! And lastly, neither Craig nor Mendes answered the question of whether they'd be back for another Bond film. Despite all his wrist-slashing protestations, it sounds like Craig is warming up to the idea of doing at least one more now.

Oh, and if that's not enough Bond for one day, Stephen Colbert had Craig on last night to explore what happens when Bond tries to go to a rental car service.