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Director Sam Mendes not locked in for Bond 24 and 25...yet

Jun. 26, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Despite reports that director Sam Mendes was locked in for both Bond 24 and 25, but it seems that it was a bit premature. At the premiere of his stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London the director was quick to give an update on the Bond issue, saying:

“In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet. I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until this is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus”.

Sounds like there's still some "aggresive negotiations" underway between Mendes and the Bond producers. Mendes seems like someone who stays focused on one thing at a time, so it's likely that he's trying to keep his head in the game with the opening of his play before jumping back into the world of shaken martini's, tuxedo's, and neck breaking. It may seem like there's a lot of back and forth with this, but I think fan anticipation and interest continues to put into light what is actually just part of the normal negotiations process. I imagine he's probably sick to death of being asked about it, but after SKYFALL it's just going to be part of territory until he says definitively yes or no.

Bond 24 is expected to arrive as early as 2014 with Bond 25 to follow not far behind. More as this develops. Again. And again.

Extra Tidbit: Do you think Bond producers have tunnel vision in locking down Mendes? Is there really no other filmmaker out there who couldn't deliver a top notch Bond?
Source: heyuguys

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3:09PM on 06/26/2013

Martin Campbell!

Worst case scenario, if Mendes can't do it, please get Martin Campbell. His two Bond films are tight.
Worst case scenario, if Mendes can't do it, please get Martin Campbell. His two Bond films are tight.
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2:54PM on 06/26/2013
I don't think the quote he gave really alludes to any aggressive negotiations. Just sounds like he doesn't want to deal with the rumour mill while his newly opened stage play is front centre with his work life right now.


As for the producers, they probably have tunnel vision to a certain extent. But I doubt they're only going after one director. I'm sure they have 1 or 2 others in mind in case Mendes falls through. They probably want to see where negotiations go with Mendes before
I don't think the quote he gave really alludes to any aggressive negotiations. Just sounds like he doesn't want to deal with the rumour mill while his newly opened stage play is front centre with his work life right now.


As for the producers, they probably have tunnel vision to a certain extent. But I doubt they're only going after one director. I'm sure they have 1 or 2 others in mind in case Mendes falls through. They probably want to see where negotiations go with Mendes before venturing into other territories.
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12:59PM on 06/26/2013
I have a feeling he's locked in, he just doesn't want attention taken from his theater production.
I have a feeling he's locked in, he just doesn't want attention taken from his theater production.
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12:48PM on 06/26/2013
Just pay him what he demands. The guy gave you the first billion-grossing Bond movie ever. A few more millions is just a drop in the bucket compared to that.
Just pay him what he demands. The guy gave you the first billion-grossing Bond movie ever. A few more millions is just a drop in the bucket compared to that.
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12:40PM on 06/26/2013
All I've latched on to is "whoa - Sam Mendes directed a stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?!"
All I've latched on to is "whoa - Sam Mendes directed a stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?!"
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12:27PM on 06/26/2013

LOL

You guys reported this all wrong. I knew this wasn't locked in because JOBLO was the only site to report that Sam Mendes was going to direct the next two. You guys should check your work before reporting it and talk to Jesse.
You guys reported this all wrong. I knew this wasn't locked in because JOBLO was the only site to report that Sam Mendes was going to direct the next two. You guys should check your work before reporting it and talk to Jesse.
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12:57PM on 06/26/2013
Actually it was Showbiz 411 that reported it and it was picked up by the vast majority of movie news sites. Here, let me do the work for you.

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Maybe next time you should "check your work" before posting erroneous comments.
Actually it was Showbiz 411 that reported it and it was picked up by the vast majority of movie news sites. Here, let me do the work for you.

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Maybe next time you should "check your work" before posting erroneous comments.
1:02PM on 06/26/2013
For every one site that you bring up, I can bring up another that didn't. I thought you guys might have some sort of inside, instead of going off what another site reports. I guess I was wrong.
For every one site that you bring up, I can bring up another that didn't. I thought you guys might have some sort of inside, instead of going off what another site reports. I guess I was wrong.
7:07AM on 06/27/2013
Don't be a douchebag naughty Eric, if (movie) news sites never relied on other sites' info you'd have to check dozens of 'em a day just to a get a good all-round movie fix.
You said "JOBLO was the only site" to report about Mendes being locked for Bond and Shirey proved you wrong so either apologize or just be quiet, don't go twisting shit around.
Don't be a douchebag naughty Eric, if (movie) news sites never relied on other sites' info you'd have to check dozens of 'em a day just to a get a good all-round movie fix.
You said "JOBLO was the only site" to report about Mendes being locked for Bond and Shirey proved you wrong so either apologize or just be quiet, don't go twisting shit around.
9:29AM on 06/27/2013
Sure. I'm wrong. Joblo goes around checking other movie news sites for their information. :)
Sure. I'm wrong. Joblo goes around checking other movie news sites for their information. :)
2:54PM on 06/27/2013
Yes, just like the world's biggest movie website, IMDb, does.
Sarcasm not appreciated nor justified.
Yes, just like the world's biggest movie website, IMDb, does.
Sarcasm not appreciated nor justified.
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