Director Sam Mendes won't return for next Bond film
Actress Berenice Marlohe, director Sam Mendes, producer Barbara Broccoli and actor Daniel Craig, from left, pose for photographers as they arrive for the German premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP / Gero Breloer)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:24AM EST
LONDON -- Never say never again? Sam Mendes says he won't be directing the next James Bond film -- but may work on the series again in the future.
Mendes has been praised for his work on "Skyfall," the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion in revenue.
But Mendes says he has made the "very difficult decision" to focus on other projects "that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond." They include upcoming London stage productions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "King Lear."
In comments published Wednesday by movie magazine Empire, Mendes said he was honoured to have been part of the Bond family, "and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again."
Mendes worked in theatre before turning to film. He won an Academy Award in 2000 for "American Beauty."
"Skyfall," which stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench, won two Oscars last month, including one for Adele's theme song.