Director Sam Mendes has said that this year’s Spectre will “probably” be his final Bond film.
Mendes made his Bond debut with 2012’s Skyfall, which became the 007 franchise’s biggest ever hit at the box office, but initially said he would not be returning for the follow-up. However, he later changed his mind and started shooting Spectre, set for release this autumn, in December 2014.
“I said no to the last one [Spectre] and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends. But I do think this is probably it,” Mendes told the BBC. “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.”
Mendes, whose other directing credits include American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, went on describe making a Bond film as “more a lifestyle choice than a job”.
Meanwhile, it was announced on Friday (July 17) that Spectre will open in the UK and Ireland on the same day as its world premiere. The 24th Bond film will be released in British and Irish cinemas on the evening of Monday, October 26 at the same time as its world premiere takes place in central London. It will then open in cinemas internationally on various later dates, with its US release scheduled for November 6.
Joining Daniel Craig’s 007 are double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a character called Franz Oberhauser, former Sherlock star Andrew Scott as a member of MI6 named Denbigh, Dave Bautista as a character called Mr. Hinx, Blue Is The Warmest Colour‘s Lea Seydoux as a Bond girl named Madeleine Swann, Italian actress Monica Bellucci as another female lead, Lucia Sciarra, and Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a character named Estrella.
Also returning alongside Craig are his Skyfall cast-mates Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Ralph Fiennes (M). The film’s official plot synopsis teases: “In Spectre, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”
In February Craig injured his knee while shooting a fight scene for the film but the actor has since made a full recovery. Meanwhile, Waltz has denied that his character’s name is a red herring following a swarm of online rumours claiming that he will be actually be playing classic Bond villain Blofeld.