Sam Mendes Chats About the 'Bond 24' Plot & Returning for More 007
Last summer we got caught up in the search for the next James Bond director. After directing Skyfall, Sam Mendes announced he was moving on and would not return. But months later, he changed his mind, and then officially signed on for Bond 24, which is due in theaters November 2015. What made him change his mind? Well, "I didn't want to do it again initially," Mendes admits in a recent interview with Charlie Rose (via SlashFilm). "At first I didn't have time to work out" details, he says, but it was the "orgy of nostalgia" and continuation of the story that changed his mind. Bond 24 is a connected continuation of the characters in Skyfall, but will only be one movie, rather than a two-part story split between 24 & 25. Read on for more.
Here's his full quote from the interview about Bond 24 and why he decided to return to direct the next one:
"I also started a number of stories [in Skyfall] that were incomplete. I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner. There was a missing piece now... I felt like there was a way to create a second part of the two-part story. And then, I started to get re-interested in it again. When they agreed to wait a little longer, and not go immediately, and not go with two movies, but one."
[...] What we tried to do, and audiences seemed to embrace in Skyfall, is that for the first time characters were allowed to age. And they were allowed to acknowledge the passing of the years. And they were allowed to acknowledge—in kind of a sly, mischievous way—the history of the franchise that they'd been part of. So there's the DB5 coming out with the Bond theme... Well, the orgy of nostalgia, the noise an audience made, the first time I sat with an audience at that point, was enough to make me want to do it all over again. Because that was my 12 year old self that loved that moment and loved that car..."
That's the meatiest part of his interview, even though all of it is fascinating. To watch/listen to the complete interview head to Hulu (via MI6-HQ.com) or watch the embedded video below. As much as I would've been exciting to see another director take a shot at the next Bond, I am just as happy that Mendes is returning. He's a genuine Bond fan at heart (which is very important) and did an incredible job with Skyfall, and I hope bringing him back allows him to push this franchise even further. At the moment, Sony still has Bond 24 scheduled for release on November 5th, 2015 next year. So they still have plenty of time, but the clock is ticking, and we're already excited to see it. I'm glad that Mendes is already chatting about the next Bond.