With “Skyfall” having already passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, and rumors of a two-parter Bond storyline on the way, it looks like the Bond producers will need to find someone else to direct the next installment (or installments, if rumors are to be believed), because Sam Mendes, who directed “Skyfall”, has officially turned in his license to, well, direct.
The director tells Empire as much:
It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, 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.
Mendes was an odd choice to direct a Bond movie, but he did a pretty good job. Mind you, I think the film suffered badly from some atrocious and nonsensical plotting, but at the end of the day, if you just view it as the 23rd movie in a long, long franchise, it was pretty good.
In response, the producers via a statement seem to be leaving room open for Mendes to possibly return in the future. That’s entirely within the realm of “It might happen that way”, what with the Bond movies taking years to make between installments anyway. (“Skyfall” happened 4 years after the last Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace”.)