Oscar winning director Sam Mendes has ruled himself out of helming his third Bond movie, in anticipation of the upcoming Spectre, which is due out across the UK in October.
This revelation should be taken fairly lightly, considering the director made similar claims following the release of 2012’s Skyfall, however this is also likely to be the last outing for star Daniel Craig. Therefore an overhaul of the key talent would be a reasonable next step, with Idris Elba currently in the frame for 007.
“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends,” he said. “But I do think this is probably it.”
Skyfall was the most successful film of all time in the James Bond franchise, earning itself $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office and picking up an Oscar for Adele’s theme song. Spectre has then had a wealth of expectation compared to previous films, and whether it lives up to the hype or not, there’s probably nowhere else to go for either its director or star.
Spectre continues to delve into Bond’s past, as a mysterious message leads him on a personal quest that uncovers a sinister organisation. The film co-stars Christoph Waltz and Monica Bellucci and is due out from 26th October 2015.