The future of the James Bond franchise is beginning to take shape as director Sam Mendes has announced – rather unsuprisingly – that he will not be returning for the franchise’s 25th movie. Mendes announcement comes after the announcement that Eon is currently in talks with Tom Hiddleston to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond in the next entry.
Mendes revealed the news while speaking at the Hay Festival of Literature in Wales, stating:
“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it’s time for somebody else.”
This was not the first time the director said he was finished with the franchise, as he planned to only direct 2012’s SKYFALL. Yet, after some wavering (and presumably an appeasing pay check) he reprised his role for the fairly disappointing SPECTRE. Now it appears that SPECTRE is indeed the director’s swan song towards the franchise.
All signs are pointing towards the next Bond filming debuting a new actor filling in the shoes of 007, despite there being no official announcement regarding Craig’s departure. Mendes was quick to point out that only one person has the power to decide the face of James Bond:
“It’s not a democracy… Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That’s what she’s been brilliant at, and that’s how it’ll survive… it’s not a public vote, and I think we’re in an age where everything is deemed voteable on. Some things just aren’t and it’s better that way.”
Mendes also added that he hopes his successor comes from an “unexpected direction” as he did.
With Mendes officially departing the franchise, it seems only inevitable that Eon will issue a statement regarding Craig. Despite how SPECTRE turned out, it at least is comforting that Mendes is leaving the franchise on his own volition and is happy. Whatever Bond 25 ends up being, it certainly will be interesting!