Director Sam Mendes Stepping Away from Bond After ‘Spectre’

By July 20, 2015

Although director Sam Mendes is responsible for the long-running James Bond franchise’s most successful film, the next outing is likely to be his last one for the foreseeable future.

Speaking with the BBC, Mendes shared that his tenure in directing the major franchise films will likely be coming to an end after the release of Bond’s latest adventure, which bows at the end of the year. He said,

I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends. But I do think this is probably it. I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold. […] It really is more a lifestyle choice than a job. [Shooting a Bond movie] is pretty much all encompassing.

Mendes, who came aboard the franchise for 2012’s Skyfall, was responsible for directing the film that many believed brought Bond back to prominence after the more tepidly-received Quantum of Solace, which then led to a four-year dormancy caused by the questionable solvency of MGM Studios. When Skyfall was ultimately released, it received nearly universal critical acclaim, garnering a 92% approval rating on Rotten tomatoes, and going on to gross over $1.1 billion at the global box office, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2012 behind Marvel Studios’ The Avengers.

This year’s Spectre features the return of Daniel Craig as James Bond, along with Ralph Fiennes as M, and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Joining the cast for this outing are Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as assassin Mr. Hinx, and Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the widow of an assassin that was killed by Bond. The Spectre title should be of particular interest to fans of the Sean Connery-era Bond films, as that was the name of the organization that he primarily fought against in Dr. NoFrom Russia With LoveThunderballYou Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever that was led by the mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Spectre is scheduled to be released in the UK on October 26th, with a worldwide release following on November 6th. For more on Spectre as it develops, keep your crosshairs on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.