Sam Mendes Confirmed to Direct James Bond 24 for Release in 2015

July 11, 2013

Sam Mendes

It's official! After courting directors like Nicolas Winding Refn, Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Shane Black and Tom Hooper, James Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and studios MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that Skyfall director Sam Mendes will officially be back behind the camera for James Bond 24. Complete with a script from the most recent sequel's writer John Logan, the spy sequel will be released in the United States on November 6th, 2015, and will hit the United Kingdom a little bit earlier on October 23rd, 2015. This is some damn good news!

Mendes said, "I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time."  At the end of May, after news surfaced that Mendes taking the gig was back on the table, there was another report saying that Mendes might end up directing the next two sequels. As of now, it sounds like he's only signed up for Bond 24, and that's good enough for now. Happy?

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  • Nick M.
    Ohhh thank Christ !!
    Oh Yeah! The New Terrence Young?!
  • Billions
    What better way to ensure that it grosses even more than to hire the same guy who made a billion + No need to be a genius to realize that. See Nolan on the Batman movies and Whedon on the avengers. It was a no brainer really.
    • dawko
      Box office results do not reflect movies' quality!!!!
  • Jon Odishaw
    Skyfall could have been better but it was a worthy bond film. I trust mendes.
  • Nielsen700
    Great news!
  • mmmmmmmmm
  • Neuromancer
    I wonder what a Bond film by Nicolas Winding Refn would look like.
    • Mike P.
      This. I'm not disappointed at all, but I was hoping Refn would give it a shot. Either way, win/win.
    • Cody W
      The first director to push for a hard R bond ever? lol
  • toksin
    How can this be good news? Do people really not see through the shallowness that was Skyfall? Terrible casting, laughable action and some of the worst Bond girls on top of that. Oh sure, it looked nice. So what. Im so god damn sick of this mediocre crap im supposed to love. Yeah yeah i know. Im a troll. Since my opinion is in the minority, it MUST be invalid. Heh, Transformers made billions of dollars so it MUST be a good movie/franchise? Right. heh maybe at least they will hire a better composer this time to slightly improve this ruined franchise.
    • I'm with you, I did not love Skyfall at all. I was having a hard time figuring out what the fuss was about, definitely not the best Bond movie.
      • OfficialJab
        Surely not, but it was no disaster. Screenplay could have used some tweaking, that's about it. Not sure how one could call the casting bad...
    • Chris Groves
      I'll gladly admit that the Transformers movies are nothing more than mindless entertainment...a good bit of brainless fun, but not much more. However, to try and say that Skyfall was on that level is just ridiculous. It was simply well-made all the way around and I'm glad Mendes is back.
    • Cody W
      Well I disagree, I loved it, but I think a big part of the negativity towards it has to do with it largely breaking away from the Bond formula.
    • Avi
      I agree! I didn't like it that much and the action sequences where mediocre... For me is casino royale still my favorite one...
    • Lou Gutnicki
      Yep, Skyfall left a lot to be desired. The bad guy made no sense at all. He didn't need James Bond. A good Human Resources chap would do fine.
    • si1ver
      Agreed. Skyfall wasn't terrible but it was bland and didn't many positives. For a movie that emulated The Dark Knight it had a lack of substance and bite. If they really wanted to make a movie that was dark and used Bardem to the best of his abilities they should have let Silva kill M there in court in front of everyone. That would have been completely shocking and given Bond incredible motivation + instantly made Bardem the greatest villain in Bond history. She still ends up dying but instead she ends up drifting away. A complete waste of her death; M deserved better. If she dies because of a decade long plan, at the hand of a mastermind, then that's one thing. What we got? Not so much... Bardem could have been the villain for at least one, maybe two more movies. He was so good he deserved it. The movie was gorgeous but it stills annoys me that the villain's plan that he's been planning for 15 or 20 years completely fails. From that moment on how can you take Silva seriously? He's completely toothless (no pun intended). What a waste of Bardem's talent. From that moment on they go on a Home Alone: Ireland style escapade with a stripping Bond to his nuts and bolts storyline that felt completely out of place, boring and not well done.
  • Chris Groves
    Another blockbuster added to the myriad of "Must-See" Blockbusters opening in 2015. We're either going to see record crushing box office returns for the year...or there will be a LOT of flops. There are almost too many to name at this point.
  • Payne by name
    This is awful news, truly awful.




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