Skyfall, wow, you shocked me a little. Not being the biggest Bond fan out there, I always tend to walk into each movie with somewhat lowered expectations. Its better that way, then when something like Casino Royale or Goldeneye come along, you’re pleasantly surprised. After walking out of Skyfall, I was ready to be a Bond convert, pledging my allegiance to a franchise that once made Denise Richards a scientist. Much of that credit goes to the director Sam Mendes. But as the recent trend with most Bond directors, he’s one and done.
And while there was the scuttlebutt that Mendes was open to returning for the next movie (he even mentioned so at the BAFTA awards), Mendes spoke to Empire Magazine and said he will peace out for Bond 24…bummer dude. He’s what Mendes had to say:
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," explained Mendes. "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."
But as I mentioned before, this really shouldn't come as a huge surprise. And now the bigger question, who follows up Skyfall? Of course you will hear names like Nolan or even Tarantino thrown around, but I say to the producers, look at Rian Johnson or Nicolas Winding Refn. I think either one of those two could do a Bond movie proud. Or may I offer another kinda left of center? Gareth Evans, the guy who directed The Raid. Call me crazy, but the guy can move a story along and shoot actions scenes like a mad scientist. I guess only time will tell and hopefully, maybe Mendes will come back to do another Bond in the future. That would be aces.