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Sam Mendes will not be back to direct Bond 24

Mar. 6, 2013by:

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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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1:58PM on 03/07/2013
Let Nolan do the next one, he's said many times he would like to do a James Bond flick!!
Let Nolan do the next one, he's said many times he would like to do a James Bond flick!!
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10:59PM on 03/06/2013

Over rated

Best bond ever? Hardly. The hate is for the horrible over praising of what was an average Bond movie. Plot issues abound everywhere and the end is not satisfying. And so many loving "the change", "it's moving forward"..... what by going back to moneypenny and restoring a male in charge over Judy Dench? Crikey.
Best bond ever? Hardly. The hate is for the horrible over praising of what was an average Bond movie. Plot issues abound everywhere and the end is not satisfying. And so many loving "the change", "it's moving forward"..... what by going back to moneypenny and restoring a male in charge over Judy Dench? Crikey.
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1:16PM on 03/07/2013
I can understand the criticism of some plot holes-- like the stolen undercover agent data that essentially goes nowhere-- but I just looked at it as a McGuffin and moved on. Bond needs something to chase, something to stop and that supplied it. I thought the villain's motivation was really creative and Javier Bardem was pretty amazing.

Personally, I don't see how a Bond purist can criticize Skyfall for plot holes and ignore the plot holes in the older Bond films. Some of them are downright
I can understand the criticism of some plot holes-- like the stolen undercover agent data that essentially goes nowhere-- but I just looked at it as a McGuffin and moved on. Bond needs something to chase, something to stop and that supplied it. I thought the villain's motivation was really creative and Javier Bardem was pretty amazing.

Personally, I don't see how a Bond purist can criticize Skyfall for plot holes and ignore the plot holes in the older Bond films. Some of them are downright cartoonish. It is not a series that has ever been driven by intricate plotting. They basically just give Bond a reason to be Bond. Skyfall took a lot of classic Bond elements (villains being eaten by animals, villain's private island headquarters, Moneypenny as Bond's ally/ platonic flirting partner, eccentric central bad guy etc.) and gave them a new and modern realism and motivation.

My opinion is no more relevant or noteworthy than anyone else's, but I was impressed by Skyfall. Another criticism I've read is that Skyfall lacked action which seems a legitimate critique. Personally, I am more interested in Bond the character than the action scenes so it didn't bother me as much as it did some. It also lacked the escapist elements that I think a lot of casual viewers like about the Bond films. You didn't get to see Bond the playboy in some gorgeous location you could never afford to go to and banging chicks you would have never have a chance of sleeping with. It was a much more dour film than I think a lot of people were looking for, but I appreciated the serious tone and the insight into Bond's character.
8:30PM on 03/06/2013
I don't hate Skyfall...it was incredible. Not as good as Casino Royale, but one of the best for sure. Licence to Kill was amazing. Both Dalton outings were. World is Not Enough is pretty good. Certainly one of Brosnan's better entries. Die Another Day should've died immediately and Goldeneye is overrated. I have fonder memories of the video game.
I don't hate Skyfall...it was incredible. Not as good as Casino Royale, but one of the best for sure. Licence to Kill was amazing. Both Dalton outings were. World is Not Enough is pretty good. Certainly one of Brosnan's better entries. Die Another Day should've died immediately and Goldeneye is overrated. I have fonder memories of the video game.
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7:48PM on 03/06/2013
I do not hate 'Skyfall', but it wasn't nearly as great as all the critics made it out to be. From a technical standpoint, it is great, but the screenplay, especially in regards to the villain and his absurdly cartoon plot. How in the hell was he able to know the train schedules months in advance? How did he find out Qs passwords when they didn't exist when Bond was sent on the mission? To cartoony and that doesn't jive with everything Casino Royals, Quantum Of Solace, and most of the rest of
I do not hate 'Skyfall', but it wasn't nearly as great as all the critics made it out to be. From a technical standpoint, it is great, but the screenplay, especially in regards to the villain and his absurdly cartoon plot. How in the hell was he able to know the train schedules months in advance? How did he find out Qs passwords when they didn't exist when Bond was sent on the mission? To cartoony and that doesn't jive with everything Casino Royals, Quantum Of Solace, and most of the rest of Skyfall.
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3:53PM on 03/07/2013
Didn't hate it either, but it was very average on account of the cartooniness and the crappy character motivations. It was like the last couple of Die Hard movies - some OK action but absolutely ludicrous. I thought Casino Royale had more going for it - the brilliant opening, the crane chase, the love story, the torture scene etc.
Didn't hate it either, but it was very average on account of the cartooniness and the crappy character motivations. It was like the last couple of Die Hard movies - some OK action but absolutely ludicrous. I thought Casino Royale had more going for it - the brilliant opening, the crane chase, the love story, the torture scene etc.
7:41PM on 03/06/2013
KATHRYN BIGELOW 100% has my vote. right up the Bond espionage military schemes. she would be PERFECT. Let's just admit that craig as a portrayal on screen just doesnt fit a FUN Bond with fun scenes and energetic long sequences throughout one movie. he is more the gritty espionage thinking man Bond type like dalton was. Maybe the next actor they choose will be a more light hearted type character from the debut. I'd HATE to see Craig with a Jet pack or tossing funny one liners or using a
KATHRYN BIGELOW 100% has my vote. right up the Bond espionage military schemes. she would be PERFECT. Let's just admit that craig as a portrayal on screen just doesnt fit a FUN Bond with fun scenes and energetic long sequences throughout one movie. he is more the gritty espionage thinking man Bond type like dalton was. Maybe the next actor they choose will be a more light hearted type character from the debut. I'd HATE to see Craig with a Jet pack or tossing funny one liners or using a grappling belt. his athleticism is enough.
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9:26PM on 03/06/2013
She would be a great choice.
She would be a great choice.
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7:00PM on 03/06/2013

Who hates Skyfall?

Not only is it the most successful Bond film in terms of box office but it was also nearly universally lauded by critics. They took nearly all of the classic elements of Bond lore and successfully reinvented and reintegrated them for the modern age. I have seen nearly every Bond film and for my money Skyfall and Casino Royale stand up with any of them. Outside of Goldeneye the Brosnan Bond films were total garbage. The rest of the series is too outdated and, frankly, corny to play to a modern
Not only is it the most successful Bond film in terms of box office but it was also nearly universally lauded by critics. They took nearly all of the classic elements of Bond lore and successfully reinvented and reintegrated them for the modern age. I have seen nearly every Bond film and for my money Skyfall and Casino Royale stand up with any of them. Outside of Goldeneye the Brosnan Bond films were total garbage. The rest of the series is too outdated and, frankly, corny to play to a modern audience. Bond needed an update and the Craig Bond series has delivered that in spades.
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4:15PM on 03/06/2013
Kenneth Branagh? But then again he is doing "Jack Ryan".....
Kenneth Branagh? But then again he is doing "Jack Ryan".....
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4:08PM on 03/06/2013
I'm open to new directors....but please keep Roger Deakins as Director of Photography.
I'm open to new directors....but please keep Roger Deakins as Director of Photography.
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4:04PM on 03/06/2013

CHRISTOPER NOLAN!

I didn't even think of that, but he's perfect for it. The Dark Knight films as well as inception all had a little bit of Bond in there. I would love to see him directing.
I didn't even think of that, but he's perfect for it. The Dark Knight films as well as inception all had a little bit of Bond in there. I would love to see him directing.
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3:16PM on 03/06/2013
Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman as the bad guy.
Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman as the bad guy.
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8:25PM on 03/06/2013
With Bill Murray as Q and Jeff Goldblum as M? Yeah, I'd watch that.
With Bill Murray as Q and Jeff Goldblum as M? Yeah, I'd watch that.
3:11PM on 03/06/2013
Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman as the bad guy.
Wes Anderson. With Jason Schwartzman as the bad guy.
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2:16PM on 03/06/2013

Good for him and good for us.get Matthew vaughn or Danny boyle or Edgar wright

It may be the most successful Bond movie ever,its also the Most overrated movie of the year.it disappointed me.1st Act reminded me of TDKR(depressed aging hero,not as powerful as before),2nd Act is rip-off of The Dark knight(joker's plan of getting caught and then escaping),silly climax reminded me of Home Alone.not interested in Nolan's Bond film as he already did a Bond film-TDKR which is copied from The World is not Enough.we've got enough of depressed hero stuff.people must have gone to see
It may be the most successful Bond movie ever,its also the Most overrated movie of the year.it disappointed me.1st Act reminded me of TDKR(depressed aging hero,not as powerful as before),2nd Act is rip-off of The Dark knight(joker's plan of getting caught and then escaping),silly climax reminded me of Home Alone.not interested in Nolan's Bond film as he already did a Bond film-TDKR which is copied from The World is not Enough.we've got enough of depressed hero stuff.people must have gone to see the movie as its been a long time since the last Bond movie released
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2:12PM on 03/06/2013
Anyone ever consider Kathryn Bigelow?
Anyone ever consider Kathryn Bigelow?
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6:56PM on 03/06/2013
I actually did consider it. I think she'd be a very interesting choice.
I actually did consider it. I think she'd be a very interesting choice.
1:57PM on 03/06/2013
That's disappointing to read.

I say give Christopher Nolan or Ben Affleck a call.
That's disappointing to read.

I say give Christopher Nolan or Ben Affleck a call.
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1:35PM on 03/06/2013
Sucks he couldn't commit to do the next one, but I'm sure whoever they find will do the next one justice.
Sucks he couldn't commit to do the next one, but I'm sure whoever they find will do the next one justice.
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12:27PM on 03/06/2013

BRING BACK MARTIN CAMPBELL

Honestly, Skyfall was a fucking blast. Though I must say that since Mendes left the bar so high, then why not bring back Martin Campbell? Edge of Darkness and Green Lantern were both box office bombs, so wouldn't it be swell to bring back one of the (or the best) Bond director(s)? I even read somewhere that Danny Boyle wouldn't do a bond movie, while everyone saying Nolan (which I think it'd be a fanboy's dream) but Nolan has full control on his stuff as we all know right? When we already have
Honestly, Skyfall was a fucking blast. Though I must say that since Mendes left the bar so high, then why not bring back Martin Campbell? Edge of Darkness and Green Lantern were both box office bombs, so wouldn't it be swell to bring back one of the (or the best) Bond director(s)? I even read somewhere that Danny Boyle wouldn't do a bond movie, while everyone saying Nolan (which I think it'd be a fanboy's dream) but Nolan has full control on his stuff as we all know right? When we already have John Logan contracted to do the screenplay, and Michael Wilson/Barb Broccoli producing, etc. All I'm saying is bring back Campbell, he is a great director and also the same guy who revived the Bond franchise, TWICE!
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12:03PM on 03/06/2013
Boooo. OK, time to give Ben Affleck a call.
Boooo. OK, time to give Ben Affleck a call.
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11:12AM on 03/06/2013
Extra tidbit: Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises prologue shows that Nolan has a potential for Bond movie.
Extra tidbit: Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Rises prologue shows that Nolan has a potential for Bond movie.
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11:10AM on 03/06/2013

Telling Bond Stories vs. Directors

Because the Bond franchise is now at an all-time high of popularity & success, the producers have an interesting dilemma:
-Do they just keep hiring "journeymen" to tell the same-ol', same-ol' Bond movies
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-Do they start gunning for big-name directors to put their stamp on the Bond franchsie (i.e. Nolan, Boyle, etc.)

If they choose the latter, then this could be really exciting. I wrote before about how all Bond movies are the same, and the formula ain't changing. However, if they were
Because the Bond franchise is now at an all-time high of popularity & success, the producers have an interesting dilemma:
-Do they just keep hiring "journeymen" to tell the same-ol', same-ol' Bond movies
OR
-Do they start gunning for big-name directors to put their stamp on the Bond franchsie (i.e. Nolan, Boyle, etc.)

If they choose the latter, then this could be really exciting. I wrote before about how all Bond movies are the same, and the formula ain't changing. However, if they were to muscle up and start letting some big-time directors get in their and doing their ideas (like Mendes did), then the Bond movies can start becoming incredible. I hope this happens, because we've had 50 years of average joes directing these things. It's time to get some big guns in there.
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11:09AM on 03/06/2013
The movie was great IMO but I do understand some of the hate. There were pretty big plot holes with the Agents list and other issues.
The movie was great IMO but I do understand some of the hate. There were pretty big plot holes with the Agents list and other issues.
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11:05AM on 03/06/2013
Disappointing that Mendes won't come back, but Bond is one of those franchises that benefits from having a new director and different vision of the story each time out. I'm really not sure who to pick to replace him, since Mendes directing Skyfall was way out of left field, and look how that turned out. I don't get the hate for the movie either. Either it was overrated, or a Home Alone ripoff, or whatever else people are saying. After the mess of Quantum of Solace, Skyfall brought Bond back to
Disappointing that Mendes won't come back, but Bond is one of those franchises that benefits from having a new director and different vision of the story each time out. I'm really not sure who to pick to replace him, since Mendes directing Skyfall was way out of left field, and look how that turned out. I don't get the hate for the movie either. Either it was overrated, or a Home Alone ripoff, or whatever else people are saying. After the mess of Quantum of Solace, Skyfall brought Bond back to where he should be. The acting, the writing, the cinematography, the story, all of it was top notch! Not to mention all the homages to the glory years of Bond as well while still making Skyfall it's own thing. Bring on Bond 24!
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11:05AM on 03/06/2013
In Nolan We Trust.
In Nolan We Trust.
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12:52PM on 03/06/2013
I don't understand why people are down voting you on this. Nolan would be amazing and has spoken for years about his desire to direct a Bond movie. Not to mention the fact that Mendes has been pretty open about the fact that he was heavily inspired by Nolan's directing style during Skyfall, which is obvious to anyone who watches the movie.
I don't understand why people are down voting you on this. Nolan would be amazing and has spoken for years about his desire to direct a Bond movie. Not to mention the fact that Mendes has been pretty open about the fact that he was heavily inspired by Nolan's directing style during Skyfall, which is obvious to anyone who watches the movie.
10:58AM on 03/06/2013

Good

That was the most over rated movie of the year.
"THE BEST BOND MOVIE EVER!!!"
Uh, you obviously haven't seen every Bond movie if you are saying this...
That was the most over rated movie of the year.
"THE BEST BOND MOVIE EVER!!!"
Uh, you obviously haven't seen every Bond movie if you are saying this...
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10:46AM on 03/06/2013
As much as I'd like to see it, I doubt Nolan would take it, but who knows? Danny Boyle on the other hand....
As much as I'd like to see it, I doubt Nolan would take it, but who knows? Danny Boyle on the other hand....
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10:43AM on 03/06/2013

Good!

Now maybe we can get Nolan in that spot! He hasn't announced his next movie yet.
Now maybe we can get Nolan in that spot! He hasn't announced his next movie yet.
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11:48AM on 03/06/2013
He'll be doing Interstellar

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He'll be doing Interstellar

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