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Sam Mendes says Spectre will be his last time directing a Bond movie

07.20.2015

It took some wooing to get Sam Mendes to return to direct SPECTRE after the box office success of SKYFALL, but it looks like a man can only be wooed so much. Despite eventually returning after saying no to SPECTRE, Mendes may finally be done with 007 after the new film.

During a recent BBC interview, Mendes compared directing a Bond film to controlled chaos

"I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends. But I do think this is probably it. I don't think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold."

Mendes is an Oscar-winning filmmaker known for his varied films ranging from AMERICAN BEAUTY to JARHEAD. SKYFALL was an excellent film and both the producers and fans clamored for Mendes to return. Mendes did say that he feels this same way after completing any film or stage production, so never say never to his return, but he seems pretty confident that he is going to go out on top with SPECTRE.

"And you really do feel it," he said. "This is a bigger movie than Skyfall. It's shot in more places - we were in Mexico City and Tangiers and northern Sahara and Rome and the Alps and London. It's been an enormous undertaking."

Mendes also revealed that the theme song for SPECTRE has been completed and that he is very excited about it. While he didn't reveal which pop singer performs the title track, he did hint that we will not have to wait long to hear it.

SPECTRE hits theaters on November 6th.

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Source: BBC

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1:26PM on 07/22/2015

Fuck Nolan on Bond!

None of you have any creativity when it comes to choosing directors, Christopher Nolan for everything, it is all we ever hear, he is the most overrated director I know of, personally I think it is his and his brother's script writing that has always been Nolan's strongest capabilities. I would like to see John Mctiernan get back in the saddle post prison, Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard, Predator, Hunt For Red October, or Joe Wright, take on Bond.
None of you have any creativity when it comes to choosing directors, Christopher Nolan for everything, it is all we ever hear, he is the most overrated director I know of, personally I think it is his and his brother's script writing that has always been Nolan's strongest capabilities. I would like to see John Mctiernan get back in the saddle post prison, Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard, Predator, Hunt For Red October, or Joe Wright, take on Bond.
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9:48PM on 07/20/2015
Christopher Nolan has talked about wanting to do a Bond. If he finishes up his next movie before the Broccolis start in on another, maybe it'll happen. I wouldn't hold my breath though. Nolan likes to take his time developing his movies, and he seems to enjoy his time off in between, too. So while he's rather an obvious choice, I'm already trying to think of who else might fit the bill. Considering I never pegged Sam Mendes for being one to take on a Bond movie, let alone set the tone for the
Christopher Nolan has talked about wanting to do a Bond. If he finishes up his next movie before the Broccolis start in on another, maybe it'll happen. I wouldn't hold my breath though. Nolan likes to take his time developing his movies, and he seems to enjoy his time off in between, too. So while he's rather an obvious choice, I'm already trying to think of who else might fit the bill. Considering I never pegged Sam Mendes for being one to take on a Bond movie, let alone set the tone for the franchise now, there's a lot of possibilities. Maybe Danny Boyle would want another shot at directing Craig.
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9:18PM on 07/20/2015

Skyfall was mediocre

Was better than Quantum, but that's not saying much. I am hopeful for Spectre though, for Waltz alone. And of course, the beautiful Monica Bellucci! And I'm gonna call Ellie Goulding as doing the theme song.
Was better than Quantum, but that's not saying much. I am hopeful for Spectre though, for Waltz alone. And of course, the beautiful Monica Bellucci! And I'm gonna call Ellie Goulding as doing the theme song.
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6:02PM on 07/20/2015
It's no real surprise & getting to direct more than 1 Bond film sees more like an honor since many don't get the chance. This is the one series where it's fun to see different directors put in their own take. It's almost as if it's an open invitation for Christopher Nolan to be the next director to take on Bond. It's what the fans want & his Batman trilogy seemed like his own training for Bond.
It's no real surprise & getting to direct more than 1 Bond film sees more like an honor since many don't get the chance. This is the one series where it's fun to see different directors put in their own take. It's almost as if it's an open invitation for Christopher Nolan to be the next director to take on Bond. It's what the fans want & his Batman trilogy seemed like his own training for Bond.
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11:10AM on 07/20/2015
Fine by me. Assuming Spectre is great, Mendes has given us some fantastic Bond films, Skyfall in particular. My preference for next Bond director is Christopher Nolan.
Fine by me. Assuming Spectre is great, Mendes has given us some fantastic Bond films, Skyfall in particular. My preference for next Bond director is Christopher Nolan.
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10:04AM on 07/20/2015
It's got to be one heck of a pressure to direct a Bond movie. I'm hopeful that someday either Christopher Nolan or Joe Carnahan will direct Bond movie some day.
It's got to be one heck of a pressure to direct a Bond movie. I'm hopeful that someday either Christopher Nolan or Joe Carnahan will direct Bond movie some day.
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9:04PM on 07/20/2015
Joe Carnahan? Please god, no.
Joe Carnahan? Please god, no.
9:38PM on 07/20/2015
They'll never let an American do it. I'm 90% positive on that. They'd need to catch Nolan between projects, and he takes forever on each one.
They'll never let an American do it. I'm 90% positive on that. They'd need to catch Nolan between projects, and he takes forever on each one.
9:00AM on 07/20/2015
Matthew Vaughn for the next bond.
Matthew Vaughn for the next bond.
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9:40PM on 07/20/2015
That would fit with his doing Kick-Ass and First Class. Do a parody, then do the real deal.
That would fit with his doing Kick-Ass and First Class. Do a parody, then do the real deal.
9:53PM on 07/20/2015
Didn't he just do Kingsman? Lol
Didn't he just do Kingsman? Lol
8:01AM on 07/21/2015
I always thought Kingsmen was his audition movie for Bond haha
I always thought Kingsmen was his audition movie for Bond haha
8:52AM on 07/20/2015
Purvis and Wade leaving would be a bigger improvement for the series.
Purvis and Wade leaving would be a bigger improvement for the series.
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8:28AM on 07/20/2015

That's what he said last time...

He only did Spectre probably because he was offered a huge sum of money to come back.
He only did Spectre probably because he was offered a huge sum of money to come back.
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8:15AM on 07/20/2015

Christopher Nolan for the next Bond !

obvious, so obvious
obvious, so obvious
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10:05AM on 07/20/2015
I really hope The Broccolis will realize that too, Ernesto.
I really hope The Broccolis will realize that too, Ernesto.
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