It looks like Sam Mandes is ready to part ways with 007. The Academy Award winning filmmaker has announced that he will not be directing the next entry in the iconic franchise, after having been involved with it for over five years with Skyfall in 2012 and Spectre in 2015.
When speaking to an audience at the Hay Festival of Literature in Wales, Mendes expressed his appreciation for getting to be involved with one of cinema’s most iconic characters. He also mentioned his own prospects following his journey with the Bond franchise:
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.
As of right now, it seems like Daniel Craig is going to part ways with Bond as well, with actors like Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Bell, and Idris Elba rumored to be considered to be Craig’s heir apparent to the iconic role. Mendes also discussed how lobbying by fans is pointless, and how decisions for the future of the franchise will be producer Barbara Broccoli’s responsibility.
It’s not a democracy … Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.
Beyond his contributions to 007, Mendes has directed American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, and Away We Go. He has a diverse range of filmmaking and as sad as it may be to see him go, I think it’s necessary to have a new voice both behind and in front of the camera when we next see James Bond onscreen again.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter