Despite what the producers of the Bond franchise would like you to believe, Sam Mendes, who helmed the billion-dollar making “Skyfall” starring Daniel Craig as the suave British spy, has no desire to return to the character. Ever ever ever, from the sounds of it. Dude is really adamant, in case you’re not reading between the lines.
Talking to The Guardian (via Yahoo) while promoting his upcoming play “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Mendes declares that he has absolutely zero interesting in directing another Bond movie. Not just that, but the idea of returning for a second go-round made him “physically ill”. Ouch.
Was I willing to go back into a room with a writer and start work on the same set of characters and the same scenarios as I’ve been working on for the last three years? The idea made me physically ill.
Wow. “Physically ill.” That’s, er, pretty strong there, Sammy boy.
If you’re hoping he might one day change his mind? Tough nuts, because Mendes continues, answering those who would like him to return to direct another one:
I say to them, my life is not a democracy. It’s not up for discussion. What? Maybe I should go to one of the [Bond] chat threads and change my mind? I don’t think that’s going to happen.
So there you have it, Bond fans. Sam Mendes has no interest in giving you another Bond movie. He’d rather stick a nail in his eye. I’m paraphrasing that last part, of course. Though not by much, judging from his first comments.
“Skyfall”, by the way, has gone on to make $1.1 billion dollars. That’s an amazing amount of money for such a shockingly average action movie, especially by the standards of the Bond films.