Despite saying on numerous that he was leaving the James Bond franchise, only to return to the helm for Spectre, it appears director Sam Mendes has officially left the franchise for good this time.
It’s not exactly surprising condering the recent turmoil surrounding Daniel Craig‘s sudden departure after nearly 11 years of playing super-sly James Bond – however many fans will be sad to see the Oscar-winning director leave, especially considering his involvement in turning the British franchise into a worldwide box office powerhouse.
While recently attendeding a Festival in Wales, Mendes spoke of his fondness for 007 but that his time behind the helm had run it’s course;
“I think it’s time for somebody else… it was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it… [but] I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters”
Skyfall and Spectre, both directed by Mendes and starring Daniel Craig in the title role, have grossed a combined $2.2 billion worldwide, making the duo the most commercially successful British team in box office history – something studios execs have been battling hard to maintain, having reportedly offered Daniel Craig almost $70 million to stay on for another two films.
But as the famous saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and now it’s time for a new actor/director partnership to take the franchise forward, with recent reports suggesting Tom Hiddleston is in advanced talks to take over the role of James Bond.
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