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The James Bond franchise has featured a rather eclectic assortment of directors. Of course, with a franchise that boasts twenty-three films over fifty years, there is ample opportunity for employing a great many different directors. Some of these directors have helmed multiple installments; Guy Hamilton, John Glen, and Martin Campbell just to name a few. However, it looks like 'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes will be joining the fraternity of filmmakers who have only presided over one James Bond outing. Mendes has confirmed that he has declined an offer to direct the twenty-fourth Bond film due to other upcoming projects. Here's what he said...
"It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s (Producers) very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."
This is terribly unfortunate news as far as I'm concerned. I loved 'Skyfall,' and thought Mendes' direction was one of the pillars of its success. Mendes helped to poignantly cap a three-movie reboot of the character James Bond, and also seemed to put things back on track after the highly disappointing 'Quantum of Solace.' Given that 'Sykfall' made more money than any other Bond film in history, I can imagine the deal Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli offered him for the next movie was more than substantial. It's hard not to admire the guy for putting his passion for theater first, as that theatrical background is no small part of what makes him such a fantastic director. So now the question becomes clear, who will direct the next James Bond movie? If the last few years represent any sort of a trend, it will likely be a highly-acclaimed filmmaker. Danny Boyle's name was tossed out not so long ago, but he debunked the rumors; stating the big budget of the project would be too overwhelming. Now that the chair is empty, however, could he change his tune?
What do you guys think? Disappointed that Mendes is departing the franchise? Who would you choose to replace him?