BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Sam Mendes, the director of the last two installments of James Bond films- Skyfall and Spectre has announced that he will not be directing the next 007 movie. He made this announcement at the Hay Festival of Literature in Wales saying,
“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it’s time for somebody else.”
Mendes has worked with the franchise for five years now. He took a break after Skyfall to direct huge theatre project, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory after which the producers of the film convinced him to come back and helm Spectre. Skyfall was a huge success with the critics and fans who said they were grateful for the new depths he brought to the characters. Spectre did not do as well though, but it was still a substantial success.
He explained that he needed something new to work with saying, “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
Speaking about who will take over from him and who the next Bond was likely to be, Sam Mendes said, “It’s not a democracy. Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”
“I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That’s what she [Broccoli] has been brilliant at, and that’s how it’ll survive.”