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Sam Mendes Back Directing Bond?
Rumours fly about him and other possible candidates

29 May 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Though he told this very site back in March that he made the “very difficult decision” to focus on his theatrical commitments instead of returning to the director’s chair for Bond 24, it appears that Skyfall man – and multiple Empire Award winner – Sam Mendes may have been persuaded to sit back down again.

While no official confirmation has been offered, Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures and MGM are kicking off talks for Mendes to call the shots on Daniel Craig’s next stint as 007.

According to the site, Mendes and Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have recently started talking about Mendes again, and have decided to wait until he’s ready to work on the next film, which John Logan is writing even now.

Of course, given how eager everyone involved is to capitalise on Skyfall’s success, that might end up being too long for the producers. And there has been plenty of talk about other possibilities including Shane Black, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates and, most recently, Nicolas Winding Refn. Naturally, we’d expect the Eon team to consider lots of possibilities, but given Craig’s support for Mendes, don’t be surprised if he does lock down a new deal…


Which of the possibilities do you want directing Bond 24?
Sam Mendes, obvs.
Ang Lee would be awesome.
David Yates deserves a shot.
Shane Black. Boom!
Nicolas Winding Refn intrigues me.
Tom Hooper, please.
Pay attention, Empire. I like none of them and will suggest someone else.
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Ben Affleck I think would be great and unexpected choice. More

Posted by earnest at 15:54 on 08 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
L: OPEN YOUR EYES L: Nicky C It's easy to agree with both sides, really. Nolan's excellent at plot, in fact some times he has too much which is a problem lots of people wish they had. I think his love of mystery, big reveals and action would be perfect for Bond. I'd love to see Bond unravelling a Nolan puzzle. , one thing that Nolan's films aren't is sexy and that's a real problem when your protagonist is a right-wing, imperialist douchebag who walks around like a dog with two More

Posted by musht at 20:44 on 31 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
L: Nicky C It's easy to agree with both sides, really. Nolan's excellent at plot, in fact some times he has too much which is a problem lots of people wish they had. I think his love of mystery, big reveals and action would be perfect for Bond. I'd love to see Bond unravelling a Nolan puzzle. , one thing that Nolan's films aren't is sexy and that's a real problem when your protagonist is a right-wing, imperialist douchebag who walks around like a dog with two dicks. The man's a walking More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 17:05 on 31 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
It's easy to agree with both sides, really. Nolan's excellent at plot, in fact some times he has too much which is a problem lots of people wish they had. I think his love of mystery, big reveals and action would be perfect for Bond. I'd love to see Bond unravelling a Nolan puzzle. However, one thing that Nolan's films aren't is sexy and that's a real problem when your protagonist is a right-wing, imperialist douchebag who walks around like a dog with two dicks. The man's a walking hard-on, aft More

Posted by Nicky C at 16:01 on 31 May 2013 | Report This Post

Bond has dodgy scripts, not dodgy Directors.
If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage. Personally, I don't give a flying fiddle who directs. Bond has done fine when it's had journeyman directors and good scripts. It's also done badly when it's had authorial directors and poor writing. Whoever directs, I'm just glad that Purvis and Wade are no longer involved. Thank Paul Haggis and John Logan for bolting down Casino Royale and Skyfall. Really pleased Logan's going solo. More

Posted by Nicky C at 15:43 on 31 May 2013 | Report This Post

New bond
Let NOLAN direct the new bond after Craig,get Henry cavill. More

Posted by paulmitchell at 21:36 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
L: MonsterCat L: partybee a billion. Why does wanting Nolan make them witless? olan is basically turning into the directorial Nathan Fillion. He's the guy who gets suggested for every gig on the internet. "They're making a Care Bears movie? NOLAN MUST DIRECT!!!!" It's getting a tad silly now. mpletely understand your point ... but I would fucking love to see Nolan direct a Care Bears movie!! A prequel explaining why Grumpy Bear is so grumpy. Back on topic, I re More

Posted by musht at 13:32 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
Anyone but Nolan. Actually not literally anyone, but definitely not Nolan. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 13:12 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
The reason Nolan is suggested is that he is - at the very least - a good British filmaker, who is also a self-confessed Bond fan. I, for one, would happily pay to see his take on Bond More

Posted by XTAL at 12:59 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post

RE: A thousand million is...
L: partybee a billion. Why does wanting Nolan make them witless? olan is basically turning into the directorial Nathan Fillion. He's the guy who gets suggested for every gig on the internet. "They're making a Care Bears movie? NOLAN MUST DIRECT!!!!" It's getting a tad silly now. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:45 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post

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L: gregorybreen Chris Nolan! hile I personally find him a tad clinical and humourless for Bond, I would have always said his fee would have ruled him out. But Mendes must be commanding a considerable fee himself after Skyfall, so they probably could get Nolan if they wanted. But Skyfall had an awful lot of heart for me and that is something Nolan doesn't deliver. Mendes gets my vote to take it from here but I'd be curious to see a Nolan Bond at some point I suppose. More than H More

Posted by pete_traynor at 09:38 on 29 May 2013 | Report This Post

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