In somewhat unfortunate news, Empire is reporting that Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall, will not be returning to direct Bond 24.
Mendes gave Empire the following quote, “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” explained Mendes. “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.”
Although he did also say he wouldn’t be against returning to the franchise at a later date by saying, “I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family”, said Mendes, “and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future”.
This seems like an amicable split, and judging from Mendes‘ second quote, it also seems he may well return to the Bond franchise at some point in the future. Skyfall was the most successful Bond movie so far and is now regarding by many as being the best yet. One thing is for sure, whoever steps into the directors chair certainly has a hard act to follow.