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Sam Mendes NOT returning for the next BOND film

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 9:04 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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The last Bond film Skyfall was a massive hit and easily became the highest grossing film in the series. Director Sam Mendes deserves a lot of the credit, seamlessly bringing us a familiar tale while weaving in elements showcasing where James Bond fits into today’s Internet and realistic terrorist environments. Soon after Skyfall’s success, the question most asked was whether Mendes might consider returning to the franchise for the next film. The director went so far as to come up with another story idea for Bond 24, but it appears that he ultimately won’t be getting back into the director’s chair this time around.

Speaking with Empire, Mendes confirmed that after considering a return, he has decided not to helm the next Bond film:

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept [producers] Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli’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.”

Though Mendes rules out a return in the next film, he admits he’s still open to coming back to Bond sometime down the road:

“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”.

John Logan—with whom Mendes created the idea for Bond 24—is still onboard to pen the script as longtime Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have also exited the series following Skyfall.

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