‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes turns down next Bond film
Despite Skyfall being the first Bond film to bring in $1 billion at the box office, and the fact that it was nominated for five Oscars and won two, Sam Mendes will not be back to do it again.
In an interview with Empire, Mendes confirmed that he’d been asked by producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to direct the 24th Bond film, but had to say no. “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” the 47-year-old Mendes said.
“Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life,” he added, “but I have theatre 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.”