Sam Mendes won't direct the next Bond film
05:00 AM, Mar 06, 2013
Skyfall director Sam Mendes will not be tempted to rejoin Daniel Craig in the next Bond film.
Mendes, 47, tells the British film magazine Empirehe will not be working on the film’s sequel, even as the critically lauded Skyfall crosses the $1.1 billion mark and earns praise for reinvigorating the 50-year-old spy franchise.
“Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life,” Mendes told the magazine. “But I have theater 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.”
Mendes said turning down the “generous offer to direct the next Bond film” was “a very difficult decision.”
Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson said they understood Mendes’ call to not helm the 24th Bond film: “We would have loved to have made the next film with (Mendes) but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects.”
Still, Mendes vowed never to say never.
“I feel very honored to have been part of the Bond family and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future,” he said.