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Sam Mendes will not be back to direct Bond 24

03.06.2013

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Well this is disappointing. It looked like there was a chance that Sam Mendes would come back and do a follow up to SKYFALL, but the director has made the decision not to direct the next Bond feature. Empire spoke to Mendes recently and this is what he had to say:

It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theater and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.

The people Sam Mendes mentions are Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who were producers on SKYFALL and other Bond films. They contacted Empire shortly with this response:

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sam, he directed our most successful Bond movie ever, Skyfall. We would have loved to have made the next film with him but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with him again.

I don't understand the hate on SKYFALL. What surprises me is how much of it seems to come from fans of the series, and not the average movie goer. Was SKYFALL really as bad as THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH or LICENSE TO KILL? Or is the hate just stemming from how popular the movie was?

I thought Sam Mendes was an excellent choice to direct SKYFALL and I hope whoever ends up directing the next Bond movie knows he better bring his "A" game.

Extra Tidbit: So who do you want to see direct the next Bond? Christopher Nolan? Paul Greengrass? Kim Ji-woon?
Source: Empire

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