Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie, turned out to be a huge financial ($1.1 billion worldwide) and critical ( 2 Oscars – Song and Sound Editing) success for the franchise. Fans everywhere were hoping that Skyfall director Sam Mendes would return to the director’s chair for the sequel, alas it is not to be. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine Mendes said:
“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 theatre 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.”
“I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future.”
Could Mendes come back to the franchise at a later time? Bond Franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are hopeful we’ll see Mendes direct another Bond movie in the future:
“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.”
No word on who’s in the running to take on the directorial duties for the next Bond film written by John Logan. Craig is open to reprising his role and was reportedly in contract negotiations to lock the actor down for 5 more Bond movies. There’s also some new faces that just joined the franchise, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw would most likely return as well.
Who would you like to see take over the Bond Directorial seat?