Sam Mendes might direct the next James Bond film after all

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig

There’s no script, no title, no plot outline, no cast other than Daniel Craig and no director and I’m already sick of Bond 24 news.  Let’s recap for a second; the James Bond franchise owners and film producers, Eon, wanted SKYFALL director Sam Mendes to come back and direct a follow-up to the most successful (both critically and commercially) Bond film to date.  But the very talented director politely declined, saying at the time: “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.”  So he officially passed on the idea and went off to focus on other endeavors.

That sent Eon scrambling because they were anxious to get the next Bond film in theaters quickly to try and ride as much of SKYFALL’s success as they could.  So they started taking meetings with guys like Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, Nicolas Winding Refn and most famously, Christopher Nolan; pretty much every director on every fanboys wish list.  But it seems they always had their eye on Sam Medes and it seems he always had one eye on James Bond because now it looks like he’s officially in talks to direct the next James Bond film.  He has some theater commitments to finish up first, but production on Bond 24 could start as early as the beginning of next year, meaning we could possibly have a Bond film in the fall of 2014, but probably not until the fall of 2015.  Obviously, Daniel Craig will be returning no matter who is in the director’s chair, but lucky for Craig, he’ll get to work with Sam Mendes again.  Sure, I want Sam Mendes to return as much as the next guy, but the real question is whether or not they can get Adele to sing the theme song again. (Deadline)

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