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Will Sam Mendes return to direct the followup to Skyfall?

Nov. 19, 2012by: Alex Maidy

With SKYFALL raking in huge domestic and international box office numbers, there was no doubt the James Bond franchise was back and better than ever. We have already heard the news that screenwriter John Logan was going to return with one or more 007 movies, possibly two films with a continuous plot. But, no mention was made of Sam Mendes returning to the director's seat.

In a recent interview, co-screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last five Bond movies, stated they are officially done writing for the Bond series. But, they gave an idea of who will possibly be working with Logan on the next film.

IndieWire reports that Robert Wade shared this at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival: “We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place," Wade said. "I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.”

Take that for what it is worth. Mendes has other projects that he is working on, so he could possibly be executive producing the 24th Bond movie and not have anything to do with the director's seat. If the targeted 2014 release for the next film is to be believed, Mendes would have to get started as soon as possible.

Mendes brought some of the best direction to any of the Bond films with SKYFALL. The events that take place in the movie completely refresh the franchise for Daniel Craig and whichever actor eventually succeeds him. I would be all for Mendes returning. What do you think?

Source: IndieWire

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1:06PM on 11/21/2012

Bring Deakins back with you....

As long as they keep the same team they assembled for Skyfall, I'll gladly see it opening weekend. Make sure you bring Deakins and his sexy sexy compositions back Mendes
As long as they keep the same team they assembled for Skyfall, I'll gladly see it opening weekend. Make sure you bring Deakins and his sexy sexy compositions back Mendes
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7:09AM on 11/20/2012
I think Mendes handles Skyfall quite well so I'm okay for him to come back for another Bond.
I think Mendes handles Skyfall quite well so I'm okay for him to come back for another Bond.
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2:52AM on 11/20/2012
LOL oh you people crack me up seriously, remember how everyone was bitching when Mendes was hired & how he couldn't direct action? Now everyone is all joygasm over him now to do the next one,you fanboys are such dumbasses seriously.
LOL oh you people crack me up seriously, remember how everyone was bitching when Mendes was hired & how he couldn't direct action? Now everyone is all joygasm over him now to do the next one,you fanboys are such dumbasses seriously.
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3:10PM on 11/20/2012
Same deal when they first announced Daniel Craig as Bond. Haters gonna hate - they have nothing better to do
Same deal when they first announced Daniel Craig as Bond. Haters gonna hate - they have nothing better to do
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1:05AM on 11/20/2012
Mendes completely ripped off TDK. Skyfall is the biggest let down of the year. P.O.S.
Mendes completely ripped off TDK. Skyfall is the biggest let down of the year. P.O.S.
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8:35PM on 11/19/2012

At first

I wasn't too thrilled with Mendes as the choice, then I saw it and was awestruck. Everyone wants to see Nolan's take on Bond and I'd be down with that, but to have Mendes and continuity is A.O.K. with me now...
I wasn't too thrilled with Mendes as the choice, then I saw it and was awestruck. Everyone wants to see Nolan's take on Bond and I'd be down with that, but to have Mendes and continuity is A.O.K. with me now...
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7:11PM on 11/19/2012
Campbell proved it, he made Goldeneye then when the series got bad, he came back and made Casino Royale. As opposed to waiting for things to get bad again, I think they should continue with what's working which in this case is Sam Mendes. MGM and Sony would be stupid if they didn't rehire Mendes for what is now the top grossing Bond of all time and now, quite arguably, the most loved.
Campbell proved it, he made Goldeneye then when the series got bad, he came back and made Casino Royale. As opposed to waiting for things to get bad again, I think they should continue with what's working which in this case is Sam Mendes. MGM and Sony would be stupid if they didn't rehire Mendes for what is now the top grossing Bond of all time and now, quite arguably, the most loved.
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6:23PM on 11/19/2012
I was very sceptical on Skyfall, but I actually felt it was one of the better Bonds of all time. Up there with some of the best of Connery. The cinematography was amazing! Loved all the tributes, the Astin Martin, the end with Moneypenny etc. I say bring back everything that made it great and do it again. Skyfall really made me excited for Bond again!
I was very sceptical on Skyfall, but I actually felt it was one of the better Bonds of all time. Up there with some of the best of Connery. The cinematography was amazing! Loved all the tributes, the Astin Martin, the end with Moneypenny etc. I say bring back everything that made it great and do it again. Skyfall really made me excited for Bond again!
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5:54PM on 11/19/2012

Ehh

this movie wasn't all that good. LOL it wasn't bad but it wasn't fuckin amazing like everyone is making it out to be. For starters it didn't feel nothing like a bond film at all. Felt like jason bourne, But I loved the other two a whole lot. IDK this movie felt like something was missing. I am sure the next few installments will be ok. And this will prob grow on me I hate Casino Royale when I first saw it and saw it at home and loved it so much. But bond kicks ass no matter what.
this movie wasn't all that good. LOL it wasn't bad but it wasn't fuckin amazing like everyone is making it out to be. For starters it didn't feel nothing like a bond film at all. Felt like jason bourne, But I loved the other two a whole lot. IDK this movie felt like something was missing. I am sure the next few installments will be ok. And this will prob grow on me I hate Casino Royale when I first saw it and saw it at home and loved it so much. But bond kicks ass no matter what.
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5:59PM on 11/19/2012
Totally agree- it was cool and fun but it just didn't feel like a Bond movie- Plus: He FAILS his mission at the end, sure the bad guy dies (spoiler, haha) but he...
SPOILER FOR REALZ
doesn't save the main person he's protecting.
FAIL BOND
Totally agree- it was cool and fun but it just didn't feel like a Bond movie- Plus: He FAILS his mission at the end, sure the bad guy dies (spoiler, haha) but he...
SPOILER FOR REALZ
doesn't save the main person he's protecting.
FAIL BOND
6:26PM on 11/19/2012
I thought Casino was ok as a movie, but not a great bond film, Skyfall however had a lot to offer bond fans. The intro credits forshadowed stuff, the classic car, Q, moneypenny, the scene in the office at end which mirrors all the older films, the visuals were really top notch and the action was filmed well and was exciting. I think you should give skyfall another shot, after the hype has died down. Long live Ghidorah.
I thought Casino was ok as a movie, but not a great bond film, Skyfall however had a lot to offer bond fans. The intro credits forshadowed stuff, the classic car, Q, moneypenny, the scene in the office at end which mirrors all the older films, the visuals were really top notch and the action was filmed well and was exciting. I think you should give skyfall another shot, after the hype has died down. Long live Ghidorah.
6:27PM on 11/19/2012
Wouldn't be the first time Bond failed. Did you not see On Her Majesty's Secret Service?
Wouldn't be the first time Bond failed. Did you not see On Her Majesty's Secret Service?