Sam Mendes Might End Up Directing the Next Two James Bond Films
James Bond news just keeps coming out of the woodwork. Following our exclusive news that Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was in the running to direct the next film in the 007 franchise, some other names like Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Shane Black and Tom Hooper also surfaced. But then all those names seemed inconsequential when it was revealed that producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had gone back to Skyfall director Sam Mendes and were in talks to have him return for James Bond 24 after finishing his previous theater commitments. Now his commitment to Her Majesty's Secret Service might be a bit bigger.
Showbiz 411 not only confirms that Mendes will be back for the next film, but it sounds like there's a good chance he will also direct James Bond 25. Considering the fact that Daniel Craig is signed on for only two more Bond films before having to renegotiate a new contract to stick around, Mendes might be directing the end of the actor's career as Agent 007. This news also makes us wonder if the initial plan to have the sequels be a back-to-back two-part story, written by Skyfall scribe John Logan, might come back into play. That detail was what kept Mendes away from a return previously, but maybe with his theater obligations out of the way, he won't mind spending another four years with Bond.