Sam Mendes on next James Bond: ”Spectre’ felt like Daniel Craig was saying goodbye’

Director says he is in the dark about whether Craig will continue as 007

Director Sam Mendes has said that he thinks Daniel Craig was “saying goodbye” to the iconic role with latest film Spectre.

Speculation over Craig’s future at 007 is rife, with the actor having distanced himself from committing his future to the franchise and speculation that Idris Elba, Tom Hiddlestone or Aidan Turner could take over.

Speaking to Empire at the Empire Awards, where Spectre picked up two prizes, Mendes admitted that while he felt Daniel Craig may have turned his back on the part, there is still a clear way back in for him if he chooses to continue.

“It did feel to me like Daniel was saying goodbye to Bond at the end”, Mendes said, “but there’s clearly a way he can easily come back. Bond isn’t dead! So that’s clearly Daniel’s call. But I think you’ve got to feel 100% to come back, and I think he knows that. He needs to have a break and do another role and see how he feels after that. I’ll be watching with as much interest as you guys.”

Craig has portrayed iconic fictional secret agent James Bond in four films since 2006, appearing inCasino Royale, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and last year’s Spectre.

Rumours of Craig’s possible departure from the Bond franchise have intensified recently after it was reported that he has landed a role in a 20-episode TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel ‘Purity’.

While promoting last year’s Bond film Spectre, Craig famously said he would rather “slash my wrists” than play 007 again. However, he later appeared to backtrack from this comment.