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Sam Mendes rules out directing any further James Bond films

Skyfall

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Mendes has ruled himself out of directing any more James Bond films.

The filmmaker, who helmed two of the most successful 007 movies of all time in Skyfall and Spectre, was speaking at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales.

“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it but I think it’s time for somebody else.”

He added: ““I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Commenting on the speculation surrounding the future of the franchise and, in particular, its casting. It is not yet known whether current Bond actor Daniel Craig will continue in the role, although the indications thus far are that he will not.

This, in turn has fuelled the rumour mill as to who will succeed him, with Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba among the favourites with bookies and audiences.

However, Mendes described fan pressure as pointless given that the decision on who will succeed Craig will be made solely by the series’ producer, Barbara Broccoli.

“It’s not a democracy … Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story,” he said.

He did, however, add that he would like to see his own successor come from an “unexpected direction,” just as he had.

Prior to making his Bond debut with Skyfall, Mendes was best known as a former theatre director whose films include the Oscar-winner American Beauty, the sombre marriage drama Revolutionary Road and the period gangster flick Road To Perdition (which also marked his first venture with Craig).

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