Sam Mendes Explains Why He's Directing Another JAMES BOND Film

Sam Mendes Explains Why He's Directing Another JAMES BOND Film

A few weeks ago, Sam Mendes sat down with Charlie Rose of PBS, and at one point the Skyfall director discusses the reason he decided to direct another James Bond film. Check it out!

Academy Award-winning filmmaker and theater director Sam Mendes explained to The Charlie Rose Show why he felt compelled to return to the James Bond franchise. With Skyfall, Mendes began telling a number of stories that he felt were incomplete. This includes introducing a new M (Ralph Fiennes), Miss Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw). He felts that he could use the 24th James Bond film to tell a second part to his billion dollar grossing film, Skyfall.

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BOND 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig as James Bond (007), Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. The film will be released in the UK and US on October 23, 2015 and November 6, 2015, respectively.
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Pasto - 4/29/2014, 2:00 PM
It's simple really, he needs to put food on the table.
MightOfMagneto - 4/29/2014, 2:01 PM
Top 3 trilogies

1. Bourne Trilogy
2. The Dark Knight Trilogy
3. Daniel Craig's James Bond
MexicanSexyman - 4/29/2014, 2:02 PM
I would like to see Batman movie by Mendes.
MexicanSexyman - 4/29/2014, 2:02 PM
*a Batman
blackandyellow - 4/29/2014, 2:03 PM
Bond 24 could very well be the best movie of 2015 if the villain is as good as Raoul Silva in Skyfall.
TopCat89 - 4/29/2014, 2:04 PM
Money, Money, Money, Money.....MONEY!

Skyfall was pretty decent so no worries!
thewonderer - 4/29/2014, 2:06 PM
micvalpro - 4/29/2014, 2:06 PM
Casino royale: best Bond movie ever made.
patrat18 - 4/29/2014, 2:06 PM
Who cares why, he did an excellent job on the last Bond film.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/29/2014, 2:07 PM
Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Nuff said
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/29/2014, 2:08 PM
This could be better than skyfall and be the greatest Bond film ever. Mendes is an amazing director. I wanna see some original films from him. Penny dreadful shows he has some good ideas on how to interpret classic stories and other genres.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/29/2014, 2:08 PM
If he did a batman or daredevil film, it would be epic.
ReeferInferno - 4/29/2014, 2:09 PM
Toy Story trilogy ftw!!!
ReeferInferno - 4/29/2014, 2:11 PM
Wasn't he pretty adamant before he wouldn't do another? Guess we all know the reason he came back though.

Anyway I really want Nolan to one day direct a Bond movie.
Jacklincolnvstheworld - 4/29/2014, 2:12 PM
back to the future
MightOfMagneto - 4/29/2014, 2:13 PM
I like Mendes work on Skyfall but the director I want to see helm Daredevil or Batman is Paul Greengrass (Bourne 2 & 3).
DaVinci31 - 4/29/2014, 2:21 PM

Just give me Craig, exotic women and my Aston Martin.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/29/2014, 2:21 PM
Nolan will def make a Bond film one day. He would make a great Bond film.
Ocelot - 4/29/2014, 2:24 PM
Should have brought back Martin Campbell instead of this hack. Skyfall is incredibly overrated and isn't anywhere near the perfect Casino Royale.
Inhuman - 4/29/2014, 2:26 PM
I cant wait for Bond 24. After Craig is done, Idris Elba should be the first black Bond. He can pull off Bond easily
MightOfMagneto - 4/29/2014, 2:26 PM
Why do you think Skyfall is overrated?
YeezusWept - 4/29/2014, 2:33 PM
It would be funny if Martin Campbell went back to bond and Sam Mendes took over Green Lantern.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/29/2014, 2:34 PM
@Ocelot mother[frick]a are you crazy??? Did you inhale something today?!
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/29/2014, 2:35 PM
John BOYEGA young black Bond. Ever wonder how bond was in his younger years. Young and brash and impulsive??? That's be a cool film. A guy can dream. Elba for Bond after Craig.
dellamorte1872 - 4/29/2014, 2:35 PM
I guess I'm the only one who thought sky fall was a bit overhyped but I agree if you look at just the 3 Craig bonds they are a good trilogy definitely. But who honestly believes MENDEZ took this job for anything other than the money and perks given to him by the studio in some form or another
dellamorte1872 - 4/29/2014, 2:38 PM
I honestly am in the minority here with bonds anyway being partial to the roger Moore yrs
RolandD - 4/29/2014, 2:49 PM
Oh if we're going to go there, Sean Connery for the win! I would have to go with Craig for a number 2. Roger Moore was a decent Bond, but the movies got too silly.

In terms of the overall movies, the Craig movies are excellent.
Hellboy6666 - 4/29/2014, 2:50 PM
Not excited. Skyfall detoured from everything Casino and Quantum was building. If Mr. white and Quatum return then I'll be happy but I don't want another "standalone" bond. I loved the idea that they were building this arc and WAM...forgotten.
cjohnston - 4/29/2014, 2:54 PM
~ Apparently he wishes to put even MORE monumentally O.K. So-So 007 features into our living rooms.
- Make no mistake, I'm a HUGE 007 aficionado myself and DC, while perhaps being a bit to "wooden" at times, is a VERY Good 007ite indeed; but, ....imho, Mendes just. doesn't.. have... whatittakes to craft THE James Bond film.
TheOverlord - 4/29/2014, 2:56 PM
Didn't care for QOS, but CR and Skyfall rank among the best Bond films ever. Up there with Sean Connery's originals.
6of13 - 4/29/2014, 2:57 PM
I enjoyed Skyfall but it was not as good as it was hyped to be. IMO, the villain was terrible.
Gazmataz1981 - 4/29/2014, 2:58 PM
Well, he did pave the way to making Bond fun again so it's only fitting he gets to expand on what he set up in Skyfall. And I mean Connery fun, not Brosnan or Moore "fun"...

That's speaking as an Irishman, Pierce Brosnan comes from a town not far from where I live and I still think Daniel Craig is the best 007 since Sean Connery, or George Lazenby for that matter.
TheOverlord - 4/29/2014, 2:59 PM
Roger Moore was The Saint and Pierce Brosnan was Remington Steele. They were both good, but not quite right -- just Bond imitations. Connery was the original and Craig is the first one to really reinvent the role for himself since then.
Niklander - 4/29/2014, 3:06 PM
He did a fantastic job with Skyfall it defitenely showed us a new Bond who is recovering from a near death experience.So bring on Blofeld
dellamorte1872 - 4/29/2014, 3:09 PM
Eh I dug lazenby or whatever too that's a very Nolan bond film, more than any other in my opinion. But I loved; the spy who loved me, live and let die, moonraker almost every one except really, the man with the golden gun.
dellamorte1872 - 4/29/2014, 3:10 PM
Sky fall was VERY similar to TDK. it's honestly a gimmicky bond film!
GenerationX - 4/29/2014, 3:19 PM
No transcript?
TheOverlord - 4/29/2014, 3:20 PM
My Top Ten Movie Trilogies:
1. The Original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983)
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
3. The Original Indiana Jones Trilogy (1981-1989)
4. The Trilogy of the Dead (1968-1985)
5. The Iron Man Trilogy (2008-2013)
6. The Original Bourne Trilogy (2002-2007)
7. The Evil Dead Trilogy (1981-1992)
8. The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)
9. The Dollars Trilogy (1964-1966)
10. The Original Die Hard trilogy (1988-1995)
FantasticSpidey - 4/29/2014, 3:46 PM
I don't think Nolan will ever do one. He isn't one to just use a character as is, he would want to make it his own and reinvent the character, and I doubt that Broccoli/Eon would ever let that happen.
Canon108 - 4/29/2014, 3:48 PM
Bond isn't black, that's not racist that's just how it is. There's continuity between the Bonds. Lazenby, Moore, and Dalton's Bond all acknowledge Tracy Bond and her death...and for the few that believe Bond is his code name, he was given a code name in Casino Royale, and blew his cover as soon as he got to the hotel (not to mention his parent's graves are a big hole in that theory too).

Colourblind casting rarely works in one off plays, not franchises that have been around for 50+ years. Don't change things for the sake of controversy, go out and make an awesome franchise around an ethnic character if you want to see something different.
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