Sam Mendes looking likely to direct Bond 24

Reports have him 75% likely to return

After his sterling work on Skyfall (the highest-grossing British film in UK box office history, lest we forget), Sony / MGM have reportedly been desperate to re-sign Sam Mendes to direct the next Bond movie, and finally, it sounds as if they may be getting their wish.

According to The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, Mendes is now “75% likely” to return to the director’s chair, having initially been sceptical about his ability to fit it into his busy schedule.

Mendes was also reportedly put off by the suggestion of the next episode being part of a two-film storyline, to be filmed back to back. That would have required around four years of the director’s time, a commitment he was unwilling to make.

However, it seems now that Bond 24 will be a standalone movie, and Mendes is in negotiations to thrash out a deal. What doesn’t seem likely is that Mendes will hit the targeted release date of Autumn 2014.

With various theatre commitments clogging up his schedule, Mendes would only be able to begin work on the film in January of next year, which would make the traditional October arrival a bit of a squeeze.

Still, we’d be more than happy to wait if it meant getting another Bond film of Skyfall’s calibre. Over to you, Sam…

Would you like Mendes to return? Tell us, below!

Comments

    • scotthillier

      Feb 18th 2013, 10:31

      Presumably he won't be keen to finish of the Casino Royale, QOS storyline though ? Seems a shame to leave that incomplete.

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    • russellhogan

      Feb 18th 2013, 12:00

      Skyfall is not just the worst Bond film in the whole franchise (yes im including the later Roger Moore movies, which at least were good fun) but quite simply the biggest let down ive ever had at the movies due to all the hype and positive reviews (and the excellent first two Craig outings). Skyfall is a miracle of marketing, if you dig deeper you will see that for every good review there is a terrible one, however the mainstream media somehow brainwashed the whole world into thinking they had just seen a well structured espionage thriller, rather than a badly scripted and incredulous set of action sequences. money changed hands methinks. I am not a trained critic, so my review of the movie is simply this, Skyfall is rubbish. I truly hope Mendes passes up the next Bond movie and they bring back the writers of casino and qos who were credited as co-writers of Skyfall, but quit the franchise over rewrites by sam mendes and allegedly daniel craig, who should definately stick to the acting, the gym and pulling bullets out of his own arm!

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    • garyevans

      Feb 18th 2013, 12:13

      you're right Russellhogan, you're not a trained critic

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    • RAClements

      Feb 18th 2013, 12:47

      Hey everyone! Look at Russell! He has a different opinion and isn't afraid to express it! Wow, it's almost like he *wants* attention...

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    • russellhogan

      Feb 18th 2013, 12:49

      i know i'm right garyevans

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    • russellhogan

      Feb 18th 2013, 12:56

      calm down it's just a movie, im hoping youve got more important things to worry about, if not get a life

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    • pingpong

      Feb 18th 2013, 13:48

      funny, the person who started ranting for no reason and keeps on rambling is telling other people to get a life. And seriously. The excellent first two Craig outings? Two???? Anyway, why not Mendes, he did a pretty decent job. But i agree with scotthillier. They have to continue/complete the Casino Royale, QOS storyline.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 18th 2013, 13:52

      Nothing wrong with having an opinion, so this is mine. With the exception of The Spy who Loved me, the Roger Moore Bonds are indefensible, for every bad review, there is an.even more damning review. Quantum of Solace was in no way excellent, it was botched and hurried, like it was running on fumes the whole time, as if the producers were ad libbing the story. Proof of this was a crowbarred in oil-related nod to goldfinger that jarred with the feel of the movie, it seemed tagged on. Craig himself has gone on record as saying that it was rushed, because of the writers strike, so theres a slight reason for this, but there still should have been some sort of proof-reading beforehand.. There was NO direction, the chief bad guy was bland eco-terrorist and looked indifferent rather than menacing, and his motives were completely superfluous, that came across as bureaucratic rather than nefarious. I liked Skyfall because it was fun without being ludicrous (see the Die another Day, the WORST bond film of all time) and had a decent villain, he was a bit pantomine, but this wouldn't be a BOnd movie if he wasn't. I hope Mendes returns or Martin Campbell. Oh, and Jason Issacs as as a non-Dr Evil Blofeld, please. Maybe put him in a nice suit.

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    • SiMan

      Feb 18th 2013, 14:15

      In a few years time, and if it weren't common knowledge (and assuming nothing else had overtaken it by then), i bet the vast majority of people would not even consider naming Skyfall as being the highest grossing film in the UK of all time. It was a very good film, but it wasn't even the best Bond film. So i for one hope Mendes doesn't do another one - I didn't think his action scenes were particluarly exciting, plus he pretty much used them all up in the first hour or so anyway. I want the next director to try and bring this new 'gritty/modern' edge that Bond has to some of the classic ideas; the gadgets, the villain's lairs, etc.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 18th 2013, 14:58

      Maybe Paul Greengrass?

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    • alexr

      Feb 18th 2013, 15:45

      I found Skyfall to be a much more personal story than the usual Bond fare. I liked that they utilised Judi Dench in a way that previous movies seem to have avoided - the woman has gravitas, for Christ's sake, and Mendes and co knew to use it!!! I also like that the ending of Skyfall seemed to indicate a return to the more traditional Connery-era Bond setup, with an office based Moneypenny and a male M (not that having Moneypenny in the field or a female M is a bad thing). Perhaps the next Bond will have more traditional roots while remaining relevant to a modern audience...

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    • 2Dglasses

      Feb 18th 2013, 15:45

      Good to see i'm not the only one that longs for the preposterous days of volcano lairs and villains with one name. Mendes, yes, no issues with him. But please please pretty please ditch shakycam, and try and come up with better plots. The story and setup of Skyfall is utterly dreadul, Silva apparently setting up bombs that no one finds many years in advance for a plot that might never happen, and then being left in a room from Austin Powers with single incompetent guard (TM) that lets him escape for his big scheme perhaps.

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 18th 2013, 20:26

      Christopher Nolan for Bond 24 if Sam doesn't agree.

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