"I said 'NO' to the last one and then ended up doing it, but i do think this is probably it, says the director
Sam Mendes has ruled out the possibility of directing any James Bond film in future, which makes upcoming “Spectre” his final James Bond film as a director.
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“I said ‘NO’ to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by my all friends,” Mendes told BBC Radio 5. “But I do think this is probably it.”
Sam Mendes directed the 23rd James Bond film “Skyfall” in 2012. The film was commercially the most successful of all James Bond installments, earning $1.1 billion at global box office. The upcoming installment “Spectre”, which will again feature Daniel Craig as James Bond, will premiere on 6 November in United States.
“I think five years for the two movies…It feels now almost, even though we’ve only just finished shooting it, like one big experience. It was a fantastic life-changing thing, but I don’t think I could go down that road again. It’s more a lifestyle choice than a job. You do put everything else on hold.”
Sam Mendes is planning to return for theatre direction since he has been involved in theatre for a long time and has also worked as the artistic director of Donmare Warehouse theatre. Mendas has directed the stage adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is currently running at Theatre Royal Drury.
“I’m happiest rehearsing a play or editing a movie, and I think that when I’ve finished a movie I generally want to be back in a theatre environment again.”
“It feels like home, it feels controllable after the chaos of a movie set. But it won’t be long before I want to do another film, and I’m very fortunate to be able to go back and forth between the two.”
Sam Mendes hinted that “Spectre” is a much bigger movie than “Skyfall”. It was shot in multiple locations including London, Mexico, Italy and Rome and more than 1,000 people were involved in the filming of Spectre.
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“This is a bigger movie than Skyfall. It’s shot in more places. We were in Mexico City, Tangiers, the northern Sahara, Rome, The Alps and London. It’s been a enormous undertaking. One of the most rewarding moments for a film director is when you finally finish shooting."