October 18, 2012
'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes could return for next Bond film
But the director says the decision is ultimately in the audience's hands
Skyfall director Sam Mendes has admitted that he would consider making another Bond film.
Mendes, 47, is the first British director to helm a Bond movie since Michael Apted, who called the shots on 1999's The World Is Not Enough. Mendes started out as a theatre director, before breaking into film with American Beauty, winner of five Oscars in 2000.
Daniel Craig, who makes his third appearance as 007 in Skyfall, is believed to have signed up for another two Bond movies. When asked about joining him on 007's next mission, Mendes told Time Out: "I've enjoyed it enough to do it again. I think the choice is in the audience's hands. If people love the movie and they want to see another one from the same people who brought you Skyfall, then that would mean a lot to me. I would feel like, 'Well, actually there are people who really want to see it'."
However, Mendes also admitted that he would only return if he believed that he could match Skyfall. He explained: "I feel like I've put everything I want to do with a Bond movie into this Bond movie. I would have to feel the same again to do another one. So, it would take a lot of thought to try and make it as special to me as this. I'm knackered, but I've loved it."
Meanwhile, Skyfall and Mendes have already been lavished with praise in the first wave of reviews by film critics. The 23rd Bond movie is due to open in UK cinemas on October 26.
Alongside Craig as 007, Skyfall boasts a bumper cast including Javier Bardem, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes. You can watch the trailer below.
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