There has arguably never been a more dramatic juxtaposition at a Hollywood movie press junket and premiere event than the one that recently took place in London for the unveiling of the 3D version of Titanic. There was director James Cameron, explaining to reporters that he almost didn’t make it because of his record-setting dive to the Mariana Trench a few days earlier.

In terms of coverage of Cameron the explorer, the best outlet remains that of his scientific partner, National Geographic. In the magazine’s latest Web exclusive, the king of the underworld talked about his desire to return to the seven-mile bottom as well as his very measured view of the inevitable excursion glitches:

“The thing that I know from my experience of diving … is that unless you’re running a tourist sub that does the same dive every day, day in day out, you’re going to have technical problems.”

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