Mar 06, 2013 05:20 PM EST

Sam Mendes Not Returning to Bond Franchise

Sam Mendes Not Returning to Bond Franchise
"Skyfall" the highest grossing James Bond movie in its glamorous fifty year history, owes a lot to its success to one man, Sam Mendes.
If Daniel Craig has done much to change the face of Bond with Casino Royale, it was Mendes who breathed new life into what had become a tired series with "Skyfall". So, with all the recognition and awards, there was much hope that Mendes would take the helm of the next movie "Bond 24" but, alas, it's not to be, as the director explained to Empire Magazine:

"It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara (Broccoli's) very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theater and other commitments, including productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."

Craig for his part will return in the next installment playing the British super spy but even if Mendes is not the director has left the door open to maybe revisit the franchise in the future by saying, "I feel very honored to have been part of the Bond family, and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future."
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