Sam Mendes, director of the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, recently talked to Collider. In the interview he happened to mention the similarities of the James Bond franchise to Doctor Who, in the way that Bond is never played by the same man for too long:
That’s why I mentioned the word in the press conference, “regeneration” rather than “evolving,” because I feel it is like, you know, we have Doctor Who…there’s a geek answer…we have Doctor Who and I was brought up on the idea of Doctor Who, who at the end of his final episode, he dissolves and a new actor pops up and he regenerates and it’s a whole other character: sometimes it’s an old man, sometimes it’s a young man, but he just changes. I’ve always loved that idea.
Mendes talks about many other aspects of the franchise as well, and you can read the full interview by clicking here.