Sam Mendes admits that he's unlikely to direct another Bond

“It’s been completely exhausting”

Sam Mendes’ rejuvenation of the Bond franchise has been well-documented, with Skyfallgarnering rave reviews ahead of its release on Friday, but despite all that, the director has said it’s unlikely he’ll return for round two.

The British director was a popular choice to steer the series back onto the straight and narrow after the muddled diversion that was Quantum Of Solace, but says that the process was a draining one.

“It’s been a fantastic experience, but it’s been completely exhausting,” Mendes told Metro. “Do I want to do another one? I’m a shadow of my former self! No, I don’t know. I felt like everything I wanted to with a Bond movie, I put into this film.

“I would have to be convinced that I could do something that I loved and cared about as much if I was to do it again,” he continues. “I think the great risk of repeating oneself is that one doesn’t have the great store of ideas that you have when you first tackle a project.”

Not a definite “no” then, which is something. Co-starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem, Skyfall opens in UK cinemas on Friday.

Read our official Skyfall review.

Would you like to see Mendes remain with 007? Tell us, below!

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 24th 2012, 15:43

      Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan !!!!!!! The man is in his prime and is a big fan of the Bond series, it also helps that his schedule is free at the moment. I really hope they offer Nolan the next Bond movie.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Oct 24th 2012, 21:34

      Dear God no, not a Christopher Nolan Bond movie. We don't need joyless, po-faced pretentiousness with clunky action scenes, thank you very much. Nolan would only do a Bond movie if he was starting from scratch , anyway. I'd be amazed if he signed up while Craig was still Bond; he doesn't like being indebted to any other film or filmmaker, so he'd probably wait until the opportunity to usher in a new Bond arrives. Hopefully he wouldn't have the chance; Martin Campbell has shown he is the master of initiating new Bond actors, so he deserves another go when Craig steps down.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 25th 2012, 1:10

      Martin Campbell needs to go into exile for The Green Lantern.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Oct 25th 2012, 13:58

      Outside of Bond, Campbell is 'variable.' But GoldenEye and Casino Royale are pretty much perfect. He just gets it. To put things another way, if Nolan directed Bond, he'd bring Hans Zimmer along with him. Zimmer has shown that when he joins a new iteration of a long-running franchise, his massive ego prevents him from acknowledging the work of prior composers. In other words a Nolan-Zimmer Bond means no Bond theme. And f**k that!

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 25th 2012, 18:40

      I'll wait until I see Man of Steel before I judge Zimmer's attitude towards prior composers. Nolan in my mind is perfect for Bond, the whole scene with Hardy dispatching all those Guards in Inception felt like an action scene from a Bond movie.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Oct 25th 2012, 20:36

      Zimmer and Snyder have already confirmed that there will be no Williams' theme in Man Of Steel.

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    • PhoenixWright

      Oct 25th 2012, 21:46

      I admire your enthusiasm Ali, but I don't know. I like watching porn, but that doesn't mean I'm good in bed. By the same logic, Nolan might have said how much he likes Bond movies, but that doesn't mean he'd be good at directing one. People often refer to the snowbound stuff in Inception when making the connection, but I think it only feels like a Bond movie in the sense that it looks like the sort of B-roll footage/unused second unit stuff from a 70s-era 007 flick you'd find in the special features on a DVD. Also, the fight scenes in Dark Knight Rises were so turgid and unimaginatively staged; they're some of the most boring action scenes I've seen in recent years. Imagine how Sam Raimi or Edgar Wright would have shot those punch-ups and you'll realise how shoddy the editing and camerawork was. Now, there's an idea - an Edgar Wright Bond movie! At least it would have a sense of fun rather than Nolan's increasingly wearisome miserablism.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 26th 2012, 1:46

      my enthusiasm seems to be in vain as Danny Boyle seems to be the popular choice amongst fans.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Oct 26th 2012, 14:19

      I think I'd prefer Wright to Boyle, but that's an interesting choice. A Boyle Bond would certainly have plenty of energy.

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    • samtebow

      Oct 28th 2012, 18:10

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    • alexrager

      Oct 30th 2012, 14:03

      Let Nolan give it a go - he's one of the most ambitious and talented directors working today. If second and third choices would be (respectively) Boyle and Duncan Jones.

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    • alexrager

      Oct 30th 2012, 14:04

      If not, my second and third choices would be *

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