Newswire: Sam Mendes says he “probably” won’t direct another Bond film

With Spectre set as the 24th installment in the 007 franchise, James Bond shows no signs of going away any time soon. Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes, however, is done after this one. (Wait, isn’t that what he said last time?) But according to Mendes, making Bond movies is a lifestyle—a lifestyle he’s no longer willing to lead, unless, you know, he changes his mind again.

“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends,” Mendes tells BBC Radio about his future with the franchise. “But I do think this is probably it.” Together, Skyfall and Spectre took a total of five years to make, so signing away your soul to a Bond project is a big commitment. “It feels almost, even though we’ve just finished shooting it, like one big experience and it …

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