Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Andy Serkis Takes Us Inside The Imaginarium
The actor-director gives us a tour of his state-of-the-art studio
Sony To Release The Interview After All
Update: US cinemas get limited roll-out
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
05 December 2014
Mr White Will Return In SPECTRE
Jesper Christensen confirms he's aboard
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Tarzan
01 June 2016
Spectre
23 October 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Only God Forgives (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Les Miserables (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Life Of Pi (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Skyfall (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

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

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

submit to reddit

Skyfall

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.
  View results without voting


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

First Image From Gans' Beauty & The Beast
Plus a statement from the director
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

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

RE:
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

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Three Favourite Scenes Of 2014
A hat-trick of moneyshots from the last 12 months

The 32 Funniest Movie Moments Of The Year
2014's side-splittingest scenes

The 10 Best Games Of The Year
2014's top pixel-pushers duke it out for the number one slot

Dan Stevens: The Breakout Star Of 2014
We congratulate The Guest star on his year to remember

The 15 Most Memorable Character Deaths Of The Year
2014’s RIP honour roll

Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)