Sam Mendes directed 2012's "Skyfall."
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Sam Mendes directed 2012's "Skyfall."

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Sam Mendes won't be returning for Bond's next go-round

Mendes' rep confirmed that he won't direct James Bond's 24th adventure.

While Mendes said he won't be directing 007′s next picture, he didn't rule out a return later on

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Despite “Skyfall” being the most commercially successful “James Bond” movie ever, director Sam Mendes won’t be returning for Bond’s next go-round.

Mendes’ rep confirmed the director’s statement in Empire magazine, which explains that he will not direct James Bond’s 24th adventure.

“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael [G. Wilson] and Barbara [Broccoli]’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie,” Mendes said. “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.”

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But while Mendes said he won’t be directing 007′s next picture, he didn’t rule out a return to the franchise later on. “I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family,” said Mendes, “and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future.”

With Mendes out of the running, who would you like to see direct the next James Bond flick?

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Chris Nashawaty contributed to this report.