'Skyfall' director won't direct next James Bond picture

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Although Skyfall is the highest-grossing movie in the James Bond series, the film’s director, Sam Mendes, said that he will not direct the next installment.

Mendes made his announcement in an interview with Empire magazine.

He praised the experience making Skyfall, which starred Daniel Craig in his third outing as 007 and is the 23rd film in the series, as one of his best experiences, but Mendes now plans to focus on other commitments, including stage versions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear.

Skyfall has made over $1 billion worldwide and recently won Academy Awards for Best Original Song (by Adele) and Sound Editing. Flicks and Bits reported that it is now the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time.

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," Mendes, 47, said. "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."

Before Skyfall, Mendes won the Best Director Oscar for American Beauty (1999).



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