Sam Mendes is finishing up Spectre, the next James Bond movie, right now, and he says it'll be his last. That's despite the fact that Spectre looks to be the pivotal chapter in the rebooted 007 story, likely leading to a blowout finale that will serve as the last film in Daniel Craig's tenure as the British superspy.
Then again, he's left this franchise before, after Skyfall.
“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends,”Mendes tells the BBC. “But I do think this is probably it…I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.”
Why do you have to put everything else on hold? Because these movies trot the motherfuckin' globe:
“This is a bigger movie than Skyfall. It’s shot in more places – we were in Mexico City and Tangiers and northern Sahara and Rome and the Alps and London. It’s been an enormous undertaking.”
The post-Spectre movie wil be the 25th official Bond film, a special sort of number. And if it's Craig's last it should be a big-time send-off. I wonder if Mendes will reconsider between now and the decisive point in pre-production on that movie, although I am shocked that he spent two films in the world of Eon and the Broccolis at all. Remember, before these movies Mendes was an Oscar-chasing filmmaker, not a blockbuster guy. But if he does come back for a third go-round with MI6 he'll join the illustrious ranks of the pre-90s Bond directors, who often did three or four movies in the series, as opposed to the one-and-done directors since then (with Martin Campbell and Mendes being the exceptions).
Let's pretend that Mendes is definitely gone - who would you like to see step into the world of James Bond for Bond 25?