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'Skyfall' Director Mendes Heads Back to the Theatre as He Bids Adieu to Bond (For Now)

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 6, 2013 at 1:50PM

Sam Mendes' uber-successful Bond movie "Skyfall" will be his first and possibly last affair with the franchise--at least for now.
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Daniel Craig in "Skyfall"
Daniel Craig in "Skyfall"

Sam Mendes' uber-successful Bond movie "Skyfall" will be his first and possibly last affair with the franchise--at least for now. He tells Empire;

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing 'Skyfall' was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' and 'King Lear,' that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."

"Skyfall" brought in over a billion dollars at the box office and won two Oscars (Sound Editing, Original Song), putting the Bond franchise in a healthy position to attract another top tier director while Mendes is focused on the theater. The director tells Empire that he hopes to have the opportunity to collaborate in the Bond universe again, a la "Casino Royale" and "GoldenEye" director Martin Campbell.

Here's Immersed in Movies talking with Mendes.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.