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Sam Mendes still wanted for another Bond installment, says producer

Mar. 25, 2013by: Niki Stephens

I was a little sad when I heard that Sam Mendes would not be returning for BOND 24. It seems that I have some company in the thought because Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are hoping that he will take the helm again, even if it isn't for the next installment.

Broccoli said, "We will get him back, we havent given up hope Maybe not for the next one but we will get him back again"

Then Wilson added, "We are working on him, we hope that maybe he will have gotten inspired to come back."

A couple of weeks ago, Mendes finally made the decision regarding the project:

They need someone working on it now Im doing my theatre projects and then Ill work out Ive definitely left the door open though Ive never really repeated myself, done the same type of movie one after the other, so just give me a chance to think about what I actually want to say.

Obviously, I'd rather have him back when he feels like he has another story to tell with the character. No one wants someone to just keep doing films without any real drive for another. Not to mention that he has other projects that he's committed to. I like that he's open to coming back, but I wonder if he actually will.

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8:55AM on 03/26/2013

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Why can't they try to get Martin Campbell back? Two of the best Bond movies, and they want this guy.
Why can't they try to get Martin Campbell back? Two of the best Bond movies, and they want this guy.
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3:29AM on 03/26/2013
Maybe he'll be the franchise's new Martin Campbell, reviving it with a Bond classic after one or more duds.
Maybe he'll be the franchise's new Martin Campbell, reviving it with a Bond classic after one or more duds.
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1:33AM on 03/26/2013
"We will get him back."

"We are working on him."

Didn't know Mendes was an escaped convict.
"We will get him back."

"We are working on him."

Didn't know Mendes was an escaped convict.
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10:06AM on 03/26/2013
"Your fugitive's name is Dr. Sam Mendes.......go get him."
"Your fugitive's name is Dr. Sam Mendes.......go get him."
11:06PM on 03/25/2013

Ugh...."Plot Holes"

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that people who didn't like this movie because of plotholes didn't enjoy The Dark Knight Rises either, because of all the so-called plotholes? Or even The Dark Knight for that matter, because how could The Joker have possibly known all the things he seemed to know beforehand? Or maybe Jurassic Park, because who ever heard of resurrecting an extinct animal? Point is, movies are movies for a reason: entertainment. Directors and screenwriters will knowingly
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that people who didn't like this movie because of plotholes didn't enjoy The Dark Knight Rises either, because of all the so-called plotholes? Or even The Dark Knight for that matter, because how could The Joker have possibly known all the things he seemed to know beforehand? Or maybe Jurassic Park, because who ever heard of resurrecting an extinct animal? Point is, movies are movies for a reason: entertainment. Directors and screenwriters will knowingly and intentionally sacrifice some "logical" plot points for the sake of drama and entertainment. Would the vast majority of fans rather see a bunch of forensic scientists analyzing bullet fragments, or Bond digging one out of his shoulder? Obviously some big mistakes can't be overlooked easily, and the overall quality of a movie should suffer because of that. But IMO, this is nit picking a little. Don't completely check out and leave your brain at the door, but you can still have fun and enjoy a good movie!
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11:18PM on 03/25/2013
Yeah, but with Dark Knight Rises the plot holes were massive and beyond the point of just 'leaving your brain at the door'. It ruined too much of the film for me.
Yeah, but with Dark Knight Rises the plot holes were massive and beyond the point of just 'leaving your brain at the door'. It ruined too much of the film for me.
11:33PM on 03/25/2013
I'm not saying you should have to leave your brain at the door to enjoy a movie. TDKR isn't exactly a mindless summer blockbuster like Transformers. With TDKR though, so many of the "plot-holes" aren't really that at all. Take Bane's prison: obviously in real life, it's ridiculous to have a prison with a giant hole at the top with no guards. But then again, Nolan wasn't ever trying to make this real life. Most of TDKR is symbolic, which is a whole other discussion. But my point is most
I'm not saying you should have to leave your brain at the door to enjoy a movie. TDKR isn't exactly a mindless summer blockbuster like Transformers. With TDKR though, so many of the "plot-holes" aren't really that at all. Take Bane's prison: obviously in real life, it's ridiculous to have a prison with a giant hole at the top with no guards. But then again, Nolan wasn't ever trying to make this real life. Most of TDKR is symbolic, which is a whole other discussion. But my point is most "plot-holes" can be easily explained away, either through common sense or just the fact that it's a movie: like Skyfall not showing a bunch of MI6 people searching for bullet fragments, or TDKR choosing not to show how Bruce came back into Gotham or having Bane's prison set up in a certain way. Take that approach with movies like Skyfall or TDKR, and you just might find yourself looking past and not getting hung up on "plot-holes" that really aren't plot holes at all.
11:48PM on 03/25/2013
Actually, one of my biggest beefs with Skyfall is that it completely rips off The Dark Knight's second act with the whole 'villain allowing himself to get caught so he can escape and advance his grand scheme.' Thing is...it was convincing in The Dark Knight.
Actually, one of my biggest beefs with Skyfall is that it completely rips off The Dark Knight's second act with the whole 'villain allowing himself to get caught so he can escape and advance his grand scheme.' Thing is...it was convincing in The Dark Knight.
12:08AM on 03/26/2013
@TarantinoDork, well then that's more of a personal opinion complaint against the movie, and that's not something me or anyone else can convince you otherwise. Personally I didn't mind that because The Dark Knight wasnt the first movie to have the villain gets himself captured on purpose. Most recently, The Avengers did the exact same thing. But my main point was on plot-holes, so I can't really debate about personal preference.
@TarantinoDork, well then that's more of a personal opinion complaint against the movie, and that's not something me or anyone else can convince you otherwise. Personally I didn't mind that because The Dark Knight wasnt the first movie to have the villain gets himself captured on purpose. Most recently, The Avengers did the exact same thing. But my main point was on plot-holes, so I can't really debate about personal preference.
9:51PM on 03/25/2013
Brilliant at visuals, but a completely mediocre storyteller. The plotholes in Skyfall were so massive you could crash a perfectly placed subway train through them. MI-5 is so incompetent they're unable to pick up a single one of the hundreds of bullets the opening scene bad guy sprayed all over Istanbul until months later Bond decides to dig one out of his own shoulder...instantly allowing them to know exactly who the assassin is and where he'll be. Makes total sense...'Q' is totally good at
Brilliant at visuals, but a completely mediocre storyteller. The plotholes in Skyfall were so massive you could crash a perfectly placed subway train through them. MI-5 is so incompetent they're unable to pick up a single one of the hundreds of bullets the opening scene bad guy sprayed all over Istanbul until months later Bond decides to dig one out of his own shoulder...instantly allowing them to know exactly who the assassin is and where he'll be. Makes total sense...'Q' is totally good at his job.

Skyfall is the Die Hard 2 of the Bond franchise. Gorgeous to look at, offers plenty of fan service, big box office hit, but paper thin and full of holes. And yes, in this analogy, I'm comparing Sam Mendes to Renny Harlin.

Bring on the negs!
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10:04PM on 03/25/2013
Eh, I choose to overlook a lot of contrivances in a Bond movie, but I'm still inclined to agree with you. About the movie. Not necessarily Mendes.
Eh, I choose to overlook a lot of contrivances in a Bond movie, but I'm still inclined to agree with you. About the movie. Not necessarily Mendes.
9:35PM on 03/25/2013
I would be all for him coming back and doing another one. I like the idea of him coming back after the next two films or something. I find it hard to believe that the producers can't find another director to bring the same amount of good quality that Mendes brought to Skyfall.

I still think Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn helm the the next Bond film.
I would be all for him coming back and doing another one. I like the idea of him coming back after the next two films or something. I find it hard to believe that the producers can't find another director to bring the same amount of good quality that Mendes brought to Skyfall.

I still think Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn helm the the next Bond film.
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8:07PM on 03/25/2013

It's fine

He may have made the best Bond film ever, but he's not the only one capable of that and he's arguably one of the few, if not the first out-of-the-box director of the series anyway, so we should give someone else of his caliber a try first.
He may have made the best Bond film ever, but he's not the only one capable of that and he's arguably one of the few, if not the first out-of-the-box director of the series anyway, so we should give someone else of his caliber a try first.
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