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'12 Year A Slave' Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed For Main Villain Role In 'Bond 24'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 4, 2014 5:59 PM
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12 Years A Slave
Coming off an outstanding performance in “12 Years A Slave,” one that earned him an Academy Award nomination, there will be no shortage of work for actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. He’s already met with J.J. Abrams, possibly about “Star Wars: Episode VII,” (though potentially about any number of Bad Robot projects) and now he’s being tipped as the main villain in the next James Bond movie.

Sam Mendes Finally Officially Confirmed For Real To Direct 'Bond 24,' 2015 Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 12:22 PM
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For fucks sakes, finally. After declaring the prospect of directing a "Skyfall" followup as making him "physically ill," and then being reported as "likely" returning and possibly even directing two movies in the franchise, Sam Mendes scuttled all of that last month by saying he was still thinking about it. Though, we'd guess part of that was code for, "I just made the first Bond movie to cross $1 billion worldwide, so my agent is making sure I get real paid for this next movie, or fuck this." Well, whatever happened, it's now for real.

Still Not Confirmed: Sam Mendes Continues To Mull Decision To Direct 'Bond 24'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 26, 2013 9:56 AM
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While it seemed that the matter was finally settled last month, it looks we’re still playing our favorite game: trying to guess who will direct “Bond 24.” Though it seemed that Sam Mendes finally came to peace with heading back into the world of Bond, it appears that a final decision still hasn’t been reached.

Watch: 40-Minute Talk With Sam Mendes & Paul Greengrass About 'Skyfall,' 'The Avengers,' 'The Dark Knight' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 11:40 AM
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Well, here's a pretty fascinating converastion for anyone interested in watching two seasoned, veteran directors talk about their craft and more.

Oh, Sam Mendes Apparently Will Direct Next Two Bond Movies Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 2:19 PM
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Geez, it's been quite the topsy turvy week for the Bond franchise. Mere hours after names like Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates and Shane Black were tossed around as considerations for the director's chair of "Bond 24," Sam Mendes went ahead and re-upped for the job himself. It was a surprising turn of the events, especially given that the "Skyfall" helmer said back in the spring that the prospect of directing another Bond movie made him "physically ill." Well, it looks like he's found a cure.

So Actually, Sam Mendes Likely Returning To Direct The Next Bond After All

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 28, 2013 6:00 PM
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The tantalizing possibilities: Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Shane Black, Nicolas Winding Refn were all evidently being considered for the next James Bond movie (though one manager for one filmmaker we won't name called the claim "funny"; Christopher Nolan's name also popped up.) But before we can even consider a "Bond 24" directed by one of these auteurs -- a 3D version from Lee, a NSFW one from Refn and a close-up obsessed iteration from Tom Hooper -- word comes down that the much-beloved Sam Mendes who directed "Skyfall" -- the highest grossing film in the Bond canon by a wide margin -- is now interested in taking the plunge once again.

Sam Mendes Says He Felt "Physically Ill" At Prospect Of 'Skyfall' Sequel

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 26, 2013 11:03 AM
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The $1 billion worldwide box office, awards nominations, and widespread critical acclaim -- Sam Mendes is having none of it following the aftermath of “Skyfall,” and his announced departure from the series. Even as Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has essentially put out a Maya-esque manhunt to convince him otherwise, Mendes is keeping strong so far, and now he's revealed a key aspect in that decision.

Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli Says She Can Get Sam Mendes Back For Bond... Eventually; Mendes Keeping Door Open

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 25, 2013 3:46 PM
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It won the BAFTA for Best British Film, it earned five Oscar nominations (taking home two statues), and its global box office haul was $1.1 billion. It even won big at the recent Empire awards. "Skyfall" was the seventh-biggest film of all time, grossing nearly twice as much as the next highest charting Bond film ("Casino Royale"), and the 2012 Sam Mendes-directed installment was unquestionably the biggest 007 film ever. But after a few months of hemming and hawing about whether he would take on the next Bond film -- with all fans nodding/mouthing "yes, yes, yes," with feverous approval -- Mendes decided to pass on the series and skip on directing what's known as "Bond 24."

'Skyfall,' 'The Hobbit' & 'Sightseers' All Big Winners At 2013 Empire Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 25, 2013 10:01 AM
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Thought the awards season was long done? Not quite. Last night saw the 18th annual Jameson Empire Awards, presented annually by the UK film magazine, the biggest in the world, and one of the largest such ceremonies to have their winners voted for by the public. This year, there's been a big push for more recognition for the ceremony, with probably the starriest and glitziest evening in recent memory, and we were there last night to see the winners revealed.

6 Directors Who Could Helm The Next James Bond Film

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2013 12:02 PM
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Somewhat shocking (to fans), but not completely surprising news this AM. Sam Mendes, the director of "Skyfall," the highest grossing -- by a large margin with $1.1 billion -- and arguably most popular James Bond film ever decided to pass and won't be directing "Bond 24." While the "American Beauty" director suggested in recent interviews he might take on the next installment -- something the Bond producers would have loved, we're sure -- he had flipped and flopped and it doesn't come as huge surprise Mendes moved on if you've paid attention to his creatively peripatetic career.

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