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Sam Mendes Might End Up Directing the Next Two James Bond Films

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May 31, 2013
Source: Showbiz 411

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig

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.

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  • Steven
    What would be great is that Craig finishes with Bond in a big finale and instead of the usual reboot in x number of years, a new character takes on the mantle of Bond as a codename, so we keep all the other characters in play. Hell - introduce the new spy in the final Bond 25 alongside Craig.
    • Nielsen700
      Bond isn't a code name, it has never been a code name, and I hope to God it will never become a code name.
      • Steven
        We'll we know that's the stance at the moment, but we could do with a breather from yet another reboot done the line. The approach of showing Bond's name becoming a codename would at least be an original idea or would you rather yet another 'origin' story in a couple of films?
        • Nielsen700
          I can never get behind that. They should just get a new actor to play the same character in the same universe. Like before.
          • Steven
            Fair enough, will be say ten years before a new Bond if it takes 3 years between each film. So could live with either approach. A part of me would still like to see Bond from the very start of his career, being a member of the SF recruited by MI6. Not seen Bond in fatigues for a long time and it was the direction I had hoped for after Batman Begins set the bar for an origins story.
  • Jon Odishaw
    Skyfall wasn't everything I hoped it would be but I still enjoyed it so this is good news
    • cobrazombie
      It was definitely the least of the three Craig Bonds for me.
      • Jon Odishaw
        But dude quantum of solace fucking sucked. So much potential at the end of casino royale and its all pissed away in Marc forsters inept hands.
  • DAVIDPD
    Happy Day!
  • OfficialJab
    That's good, just keep an eye on your writers so that the bad guy doesn't plan to get caught. I think we're all done with that trope.
  • Nielsen700
    The Mendes Trilogy. I love it.
  • SV7
    Not sure how to feel about this. There were so many brilliant things about Skyfall and it's certainly the most beautiful looking Bond film, but it still didn't nail it. The pace was inconsistent and too restrained, it lacked good action in the middle of the movie and Bardem really needed to be reigned in as Silva. The script was somewhat rehashed from other Bond films. Despite that, it was so almost the best bond film, but in the end, wouldn't make my top five.
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    Now that Mendes has established a more familiar Bond universe, it would be dynamic to see Sam get a few films into it.
  • cobrazombie
    Daniel Craig is a very good Bond (despite his mumbling), but he's looking a bit rougher around the edges lately. We all age, of course. I'm sure they are already looking at recasting the role for the franchise. Hopefully there will be some credit given to viewers next time as a reboot is unnecessary. Just keep going as if we already know who James Bond is.
  • quazimotto
    Hopefully if Mendes returns, he'll bring back Roger Deakins as Cinematographer, what a great pairing that was. Skyfall is a stunning visual experience. Hopefully the screen writing can improve this time around.

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