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Movie News: Sam Mendes not directing Bond 24

sam-mendesAfter directing quite possibly the best James Bond movie to date with last year’s Skyfall, Sam Mendes will not be coming back for the next one.

In an interview with Empire, 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.”

But Mendes isn’t ruling out a possible return sometime in the future, saying: “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.”

After the success of Skyfall (it has grossed over $1.1 billion at the box office) and the way the story has been set up for the characters, I don’t think finding another high-caliber director to do the 24th movie in the series will be that difficult. My pick? Christopher Nolan, Matthew Vaughn or Michael Mann.

Bond 24 is targeted for a fall 2014 release.


Nate pretends to be a movie connoisseur but in reality he really knows nothing about movies other than the fact that he loves them. His favorites include The Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart and Schindler's List. Follow him on Twitter @nater_parsons

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