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Sam Mendes Says James Bond Movies Need a New Director

It looks like the producers of the James Bond films might need to look for more than just a new star as director Sam Mendes doesn’t plan on returning to the franchise.

The director helmed the previous two movies, Skyfall and Spectre, to great acclaim.

“I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters,” Sam said (via The Telegraph). “I also believe there are directors out there who can do the job every bit as well as me. And like me with Skyfall, it should come from a slightly unexpected direction. It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. It was a privilege, all the experiences were gobsmacking for me, but I think it’s time for somebody else to do a great job.”

Sam also talked about Daniel Craig possibly being replaced by a new actor.

“There’s this constant debate about who’s going to be the next Bond,” Sam said. “The truth is – and here’s the headline: it’s not a democracy. It’s not the X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story. Without that, there would be no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying ‘that man over there is going to change the whole thing, I’m going to cast him.’”

Daniel Craig Gets Denied A Car In Hilarious James Bond 'Late Show' Sketch - Watch Now!

Daniel Craig poses alongside director Sam Mendes while attending their Times Talks Presents: Spectre panel held at The New School on Wednesday (November 4) in New York City.

The 47-year-old actor then made his way to the Ed Sullivan Theatre to make an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the flick, which hits theaters Friday (November 6).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Daniel Craig

Daniel took part in a hilarious sketch with Stephen where they address James Bond constantly wrecking cars in a fictional sneak peek from Spectre – Watch it below!

Also pictured: Daniel‘s co-star Stephanie Sigman attending an exclusive screening of Spectre hosted by Belvedere Vodka at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood on Tuesday (November 3) in Los Angeles.


Daniel Craig – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

20+ pictures inside of Daniel Craig out and about promoting SpectreMore Here! »

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Daniel Craig's 'Spectre' Kicks Off with Big Box Office in England!

Daniel Craig walks the black carpet at the Italian premiere of Spectre on Tuesday night (October 27) at Auditorium Della Conciliazione in Rome, Italy.

The 47-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Monica Bellucci and Christoph Waltz, as well as director Sam Mendes. Earlier in the day, they all attended a photo call at the St. Renis Grandi Hotel.

Naomie Harris and Dave Bautista premiered the movie in Zurich, Switzerland that same day.

Spectre opened in the United Kingdom on Monday night with showings starting at 8:15pm local time. It brought in a massive $6.4 million in the region, which is just a little bit under Skyfall‘s total, though that film had a full day of screenings in its tally, according to Deadline.

FYI: Naomie is wearing a Ralph Lauren dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, a Rauwolf clutch, and Cartier jewelry.

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Daniel Craig Kisses Wife Rachel Weisz at 'Spectre' Premiere!

Daniel Craig channels his character James Bond while wearing his tux on the red carpet at the Spectre world premiere held at Royal Albert Hall on Monday (October 26) in London, England.

The 47-year-old actor was joined by his wife Rachel Weisz and they were seen sharing cute kisses and cuddles inside the gala event.

Daniel‘s co-stars Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Stephanie Sigman, as well as director Sam Mendes, were all in attendance.

FYI: Naomie is wearing a Stella McCartney gown, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch, Harry Winston jewelry, and a vintage diamond Omega bracelet watch. Lea is wearing head-to-toe Prada with Chopard jewelry. Monica is wearing a Ralph & Russo gown, a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and Chopard jewelry. Stephanie is wearing a Marchesa Couture dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Norman Silverman diamonds.

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Daniel Craig & 'Spectre' Cast Kick Start Promo Tour In London!

Daniel Craig flashes a smile while attending a photo call for his anticipated film Spectre held at the Corinthia Hotel London on Thursday (October 22) in London, England.

The 47-year-old James Bond star was joined at the event by his co-stars Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, and directer of the flick Sam Mendes.

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Spectre is expected to hit theaters in London on Monday (October 27) while the U.S. will have to wait until Friday, November 6 – Watch the trailer here!

FYI: Naomie is wearing a Dior dress, Aquazzara shoes and earrings by CF concepts. Daniel is wearing Frame denim.

45+ pictures inside of Daniel Craig and his co-stars at their Spectre photo call… More Here! »

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Daniel Craig is James Bond in First 'Spectre' Footage! (Video)

The first behind the scenes footage from the set of the upcoming James Bond movie Spectre was just revealed and it looks like the film is going to be epic!

The scenes are all set high in the mountains in Austria and the scenery looks stunning in the footage revealed.

Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Dave Bautista are all seen in the clip and we can’t wait to get our first glimpse at the rest of the cast in action.

Spectre, which reunites director Sam Mendes and the full Skyfall writing team, will hit theaters on November 5.


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Daniel Craig Begins Filming New James Bond Movie 'Spectre'!

Daniel Craig suits up to reprise his role as James Bond on the first day on set of Spectre on Monday (December 15) on the River Thames in London, England.

The 46-year-old actor shared a few laughs with his returning co-star Rory Kinnear and director Sam Mendes as they shot various scenes.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Daniel Craig

It was recently revealed that the script for Spectre has been stolen in the massive hack of Sony Pictures.

Eon Productions and the producers behind the movie released a statement confirming that the script was stolen and warned any third parties who have received it that it is protected by copyright laws.

20+ pictures inside of Daniel Craig and others on the set of SpectreMore Here! »

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