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The winds of change are blowing heavily over in the land of James Bond. As we've reported numerous times on the site, Daniel Craig has made it all too clear that he's not very interested in continuing on the with Bond franchise, but there's another heavy hitter who seems to be ready to move on.
At the Hay Festival of Literature in Wales, acclaimed British director Sam Mendes expressed his desire to hand the reins over to a new director, THR reports.
"It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," Mendes said of his five years working on the thriller franchise. "But I think it's time for somebody else."
Last year's Spectre was Mendes' second time at the helm of the Bond franchise, the first time being 2012's Skyfall, which may very well take the cake as one of the strongest Bond films since Goldeneye. »
- Joseph Medina
By Lee Pfeiffer
Director Sam Mendes brought the James Bond franchise to an all-time high in terms of critical acclaim and boxoffice receipts with the 2012 release of "Skyfall", which marked the 50th anniversary of the movie series. He then announced he would not be on board for the next 007 flick, "Spectre". However, after much negotiating (and presumably a boatload more money), Mendes relented and directed that film as well. While not enjoying the hype and response that "Skyfall" did, "Spectre" was also a major international hit grossing close to $900 million, outdone only by "Skyfall", which racked up a gross of $1.1 billion. Now Mendes says he won't direct the next Bond film- and this time he says he means it. Mendes has nothing but good things to say about working on two 007 blockbusters but says it's »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Ever since the release of the 24th James Bond movie Spectre, rumors have swirled about star Daniel Craig, regarding whether or not he will be back to star as 007 in James Bond 25. A few days ago, we reported that Tom Hiddleston has entered early talks to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, but his involvement has yet to be confirmed. Today we have word that Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes will not be returning to the helm for James Bond 25.
Associated Press caught up with the filmmaker, who confirmed that he will not be directing the new 007 movie. Eon Productions, which produces all of the Bond movies, has yet to confirm whether or not Daniel Craig will be back, but even if he does return, the actor will be directed by a new filmmaker. Here's what Sam Mendes had to say in his interview below.
"It was an incredible adventure, »
While fans of the James Bond franchise continue to wonder whether Daniel Craig will return to the role of 007 or if another actor will replace him, Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes, a key contributor to the revitalization of Bond, has firmly announced that he won't helm the next film in the spy series. "I'm a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters," Mendes told The Associated Press.
"It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," the Academy »
Sam Mendes has directed the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, but is he ready to hang up his hat and move on to something else? He gave a speech this weekend that revealed all. Speaking at the Hay Festival Mendes indeed confirmed - he's done with Bond. But don't worry, he basically said it will all be Ok. The Telegraph reports him saying: “It’s not a negative. I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters. I also believe there are directors out there who can do the job every bit as well as me. And like me with Skyfall, it should come from a slightly unexpected direction. It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. It was a privilege, all the experiences were gobsmacking for me, but I think it’s time »
- Jill Pantozzi
It says a lot about where the James Bond series has been over the last few years that yesterday’s announcement by director Sam Mendes — that he is stepping down from the franchise after having directed two entries — was greeted by Bond fans from around the world with something less than a collective cry of dismay. Opinion will differ as to the sort of job Mendes did (some believe that “Skyfall” was a Bondian apotheosis; this critic did not), but one thing should be clear: After four films with Daniel Craig, in what was meant to be not just a “reboot” or “relaunch” but a veritable reimagining of Bond for the 21st century, the series, overall, has not truly lived up to that billing. And that’s a serious fumble, since the kickoff film of the new era, “Casino Royale” (2006), was a Bondian apotheosis. I’m not alone in thinking »
- Owen Gleiberman
Having delivered Skyfall in 2012, followed by Spectre in 2015, director Sam Mendes has become synonymous with the James Bond franchise – with many devotees of the character feeling that he has successfully brought a more modern feel to the movie series, which has now been running for over half a century. However, after months of speculation and rumour, Mendes has now essentially confirmed that he will not be returning for the next instalment.
Talking to the press at the UK’s famous annual book festival, held in Hay-On-Wye, Sam Mendes explained that he leaves James Bond with nothing but fond memories.
“It was an incredible adventure – I loved every second of it – but I think it’s time for somebody else. I’m a storyteller, and at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
This confirmation means it’s looking increasingly likely that a clean creative »
- Sarah Myles
Hollywood seems to be in the habit of pre planning franchises many years in advance. Marvel.s Cinematic Universe maps out their phases up to four years ahead of time, Star Wars will be releasing films every year, and DC is trying to get in on the shared universe format. One major film franchise which seems to be surprisingly juxtaposed to this business model would be the always classic James Bond films. After the mixed reception of Spectre, there are a ton of factors up in the air for the next Bond film. And now it appears that one major player won.t be returning to the franchise anytime soon. Prolific director Sam Mendes, who directed both Skyfall and Spectre, has announced that he will not be returning for the next chapter in Bond.s adventures. Regarding this decision, Mendes said the following: It was an incredible adventure, I loved »
Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, he said to The Guardian this week: "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it's time for somebody else. I'm a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters."
He also briefly touched upon all the speculation over a potential replacement for actor Daniel Craig, saying that while everyone has their favorite choice it is really up to only one person: "It's not a democracy. [producer] Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story."
He then went on to remind people that she was the one who picked a then lesser-known Craig for the role at a time when he had "zero »
- Garth Franklin
Despite adding $2 Billion to the coffers of the James Bond franchise, and not to mention revitilising the character, with Skyfall and Spectre, it seems director Sam Mendes is following in the foot steps (allegedly) of Daniel Craig and walking away from the series. Yes, he said the same after Skyfall, but he has been pretty adamant in the past that he was done after Spectre, and now, speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, as reported by The Guardian, it’s all but confirmed: “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else.” No word on what is next for the Oscar winning director, bit it’s understandable that he wants to do something more than chronicle the next adventure of the cinema’s most suave super spy: “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
While Daniel Craig’s future as 007 remains unclear – with rumours suggesting that Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Bell have been having talks about taking on the role of the super spy – director Sam Mendes has officially confirmed that he won’t be returning to the franchise.
“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else,” said the Oscar-winning filmmaker at the Hay Festival in Wales yesterday. “I’m a storyteller, and at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
Are you disappointed that Mendes won’t be back for Bond 25? Who would you like to see directing the next instalment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
Sam Mendes said he wouldn’t direct Spectre, but Sony and MGM managed to talk the Oscar winning filmmaker into taking the helm of the Skyfall follow-up. Unfortunately, both the critical and commercial reception was nowhere near as good for his second attempt at 007. Talking at the Hay Festival on Saturday, Mendes appeared to make it clear […]
The post Sam Mendes says he won’t direct the next James Bond movie appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
In not surprising news, Sam Mendes is moving on from the 007 franchise after Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Daniel Craig is probably moving on, too, but rumors about who will replace him are, as ever, premature. The names floating about this time are Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston (wishful fan thinking, maybe, since the internet has been suggesting these two names forever) and 30 year old Jamie Bell which is an interesting idea and probably not a bad one. If chosen he'd be the youngest Bond since Sean Connery (who was 30 when he was cast for Dr. No (1962) though most subsequent Bonds have been around 40 when they started. Plus Bell is super charismatic but underused in cinema.
Though Bond films are largely regarded as producer driven and leading actor focused pictures, rather than directorial feats, the man in the chair is important. In the past the franchise has generally relied on mid level directors rather than auteurs, »
- NATHANIEL R
It is still not clear whether or not Daniel Craig is officially finished with James Bond, but if the actor who revitalized the character leaves it behind, he’ll have company. Sam Mendes, who helmed two back to back Bond flicks – 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre – that collectively earned nearly two billion dollars, has confirmed, as he indicated to Deadline late last year, that he’s done with the 007 franchise. "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,”… »
“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” Mendes said at the Hay festival, according to The Guardian. “But I think it’s time for somebody else.”
“I’m a storyteller,” he added. “And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
It’s unclear whether star Daniel Craig will return for MGM and Sony’s next installment. Rumors have swirled about his potential replacement, the most prominent names being Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Jamie Bell.
“It’s not a democracy,” he said. “Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”
It was Broccoli, the veteran producer of the series, who picked Craig, a lesser-known actor at the time who had “zero” support, »
- Variety Staff
The next James Bond film will probably have to find both a new leading man and a director. “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre” director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) said of his recent half-decade with the franchise. “But I think it’s time for somebody else.” “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters,” he explained to a Welsh audience on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Also Read: Priyanka Chopra Makes a Bid to Play James Bond: 'It Sounds Like »
- Tony Maglio
Sam Mendes is finished with James Bond. The acclaimed British director of Skyfall and Spectre said Saturday he will not helm the next installment in the popular spy series that started with Sean Connery's startling 1962 performance in Dr. No. "It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it," Mendes said of his five years working on the thriller franchise. "But I think it's time for somebody else." Mendes revealed his plans to step down from the film series to an audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales. A former theater director whose films
- The Associated Press
Before Spectre hit theaters last November, most assumed that it would be Daniel Craig's last turn as James Bond. Eon Productions has never confirmed that Daniel Craig is leaving the franchise, but the actor has made a number of controversial remarks regarding this iconic character, and earlier this year, the actor's longtime friend Mark Strong even revealed that he thinks Daniel Craig has sipped his last vodka martini as the British super-spy. While we still don't have confirmation about Daniel Craig's franchise departure, Eon Productions may have already found a replacement, with a new report claiming the production company is in talks with Tom Hiddleston to take over as 007 in James Bond 25.
Tom Hiddleston has been one of several actors who have expressed their interest in taking over as 007, should Daniel Craig walk away from the franchise. Idris Elba has become a fan favorite choice, while Homeland »
While rumors have swirled for months about just who will be taking over the James Bond franchise from current 007 Daniel Craig, one surprising new name is apparently on the top of the list.
UK tabloid The Sun (via The Daily Mail) reports that actor Jamie Bell has been in talks with longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about the possibility of taking the keys to 007's Aston Martin. According to the report, Broccoli and Bell are currently working together on Bell's new film, "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," and the producer was "impressed by his skills." Deadline later confirmed that talks between Bell and Bond producers are indeed taking place.
Bell had been rumored to be joining the Bond franchise before, back when 2012's "Skyfall" was in production, playing a rival rookie agent opposite Craig's 007. That role never materialized, though if the actor winds up as Bond this time around, »
- Katie Roberts
In the months leading up to the release of last year's James Bond adventure Spectre, franchise star Daniel Craig made more than this fair share of disparaging remarks about both the franchise itself and the title character, 007. It seemed clear from many industry observers that Spectre would be Daniel Craig's last James Bond movie, although nothing has been set in stone quite yet. While we wait for the official announcement, it seems another actor has thrown his hat in the ring as a possible replacement, Fantastic Four star Jamie Bell.
Deadline reports that Jamie Bell has been in discussions about the role with producer Barbara Broccoli, one of the longtime 007 producers alongside Michael G. Wilson, who is also producing Jamie Bell's new project Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. Nothing is confirmed, and this report reveals that there isn't even a working script for James Bond 25 yet. »
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