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Sam Mendes to Direct Next James Bond Film

Sam Mendes to Direct Next James Bond Film

American Beauty director Sam Mendes is in talks to direct the next James Bond film!

According to Heat Vision, production may begin as early as June with hopes of a 2011 release.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 in the film.

The most recent Bond film, 2008′s Quantum of Solace , grossed $586 million worldwide.

Sam Mendes‘ most recent film, Away We Go, made $10 million at the box office last summer.

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# 1
please no @ 01/05/2010 at 6:50 pm

please god not sam mendes. his last film only made 10 million dollars. get martin campbell back. if not martin then christopher nolan. or someone else.

# 2

l’m actually pleasantly surprised that it’s Mendes. I like all his films. They should have mentioned how much American Beauty earned. His latest film was indie and not widely marketed so who give’s a hoot? l hope he adds the smarts and the necessary action for 007.

# 3

That could be interesting!

# 4

oh yeah american beauty was such a great film; not!! it was an unqualified bore. bond films are basically action ones with, hopefully, a good story attached. we need a director who has PROVEN ability to direct this kind of film. directors like martin campbell, christopher nolan, etc etc. with sam mendes at the helm it will be worse than QOS.

# 6
to sy-lights @ 01/05/2010 at 7:22 pm

a good choice? sorry i see a disaster worse than QOS

# 7

they put out that sam mendes is talking about directing bond 23 to see how bond fans will react. like a corporation putting out feelers on a potential new product.

# 8


well to tell the truth its about 50/50

# 9

Uhmm, Bond is supposed to be an ACTION and intrigue film! I think EON should consider Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Engame)!

pete travis? now that is an idea. to be honest that is one director that i had never thought of. i did enjoy endgame. didn’t see vantage point.

to Tames- excellent choice! @ 01/05/2010 at 8:20 pm


Great idea TAMES! I wholeheartedly agree with you on Pete Travis …In the alternative, I also would like Martin Campbell back for 23, if they can get him. Even if he has already passed up Bond23, they should most definitely make another, ‘sweeter” offer to him or go with Travis.

Martin Campbell rocks, and if anyone can do this, he can do this job so brilliantly and blow-out BOND23 to exceed all expectations, as he did with Casino Royale!

lol i was just on imdb looking at this. strange

I would love to see Martin Campbell do Bond 23 as well, but seems like I read somewhere that he wasn’t interested. You are right about EON making an offer he can’t refuse to have him back. There is certainly no rule against directing more than one or two Bond films. The early directors, Guy Hamilton directed four, and John Glen directed five!

to Tames- excellent choice! @ 01/05/2010 at 8:33 pm


Tames, if this JJ post above is true and if they do ultimately decide to run with ‘Mellow-man Mendes’ for 23, they better be very careful and watch him like a hawk to make sure bond 23 does not turn into a Snoring Snooze-Fest!

Sam is not the worst choice, but is not best. I also vote for Martine.

The only reason Quantum of Solace did so well with the boxoffice is because it was riding on Casino Royale’s coattails. I think Mark Forster, he of the lifeless characters genre, made a mess of it!

to Tames- excellent choice! @ 01/05/2010 at 8:40 pm

well if Mellow-man does direct this one, everyone should just bring their pillows to see bond 23. they will be sound asleep in no time.

to Tames- excellent choice! @ 01/05/2010 at 8:46 pm

you said it right, ‘lifeless characters” is a perfect way to describe them. Not only was the film a disappointment but Eon better get their music absolutely right on point this time.
More of a mess than Marc Foster’s film was the worst bond song ever by Keys and black.

@to Tames- excellent choice!: Harsh! LOL Of course, rumor has it that it is difficult to get repeat directors on Bond anymore because current EON producers are so controlling. Anyway, I hope #7 “theory” is correct and they are just floating Mendes’ name out there to see how people will react. I hope they see that most Bond fans do not like the idea.

To Tames- excellent choice! @ 01/05/2010 at 8:54 pm

Dear EON….
Great idea to float this rumor. Cross Sam off your list.
Sam Mendes is a nice guy but unfortunately he is going to create the next Bond film as one big Snoring Snooze Fest.
Take Sammy off the list and call Martin Campbell back asap, make him the sweetest offer he cannot refuse.

I hope that Mendez will hire Jennifer Aniston as the Bond girl. She be perfect for roll.

To Tames- excellent choice! @ 01/05/2010 at 8:58 pm


Even this Edge article says that Sam cannot do ‘action’ sequences.

to tames-excellent choice @ 01/05/2010 at 8:59 pm

i second your request to eon to get sammy of the list. snooze fest is not the word for it. if they can’t get martin campbell then talk to christopher nolan, phllip noyce, neil blomkamp (district 9), ridley scott, and/or paul greengrass.

Sam is “in talks”. That says nothing.

Has he spoken to Michael Wilson who just the other day said Bond is on hold until MGM is sold? And what does MGM say about these “talks”.

This is just chatter to keep Bond 23 relevant and investors interested.

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