The Thought Of Directing JAMES BOND 24 Made Sam Mendes Feel "Physically Ill"
Skyfall hit $1 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the most successful instalment of all-time in the 50 year old franchise (not to mention one of the most critically acclaimed). So, why didn't Sam Mendes want to return to helm the follow-up? Read on for details!
After the success of Skyfall, you'd think that Sam Mendes would have jumped at the chance to return to helm the next instalment in the franchise (especially as the studio would have surely offered him a huge pay rise). "Was I willing to go back into a room with a writer and start work on the same set of characters and the same scenarios as I've been working on for the last three years?" he said in an interview with The Guardian (via Yahoo! Movies UK). "The idea made me physically ill." That's understandable to some extent; after all, a lot of work goes into films such as these and no one can blame Mendes for wanting to move on to other projects. So, how does he deal with disappointed fans of the James Bond franchise? "I say to them, my life is not a democracy. It's not up for discussion'. What? Maybe I should go to one of the [Bond] chat threads and change my mind? I don't think that's going to happen." Ouch!
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