Now Sam Mendes Will Apparently Direct 'Bond 24' & '25'

Does this open the door for a Nolan-directed Bond 26?

Now Sam Mendes Will Apparently Direct 'Bond 24' & '25'
Now Sam Mendes Will Apparently Direct 'Bond 24' & '25'
Photo: MGM / Columbia Pictures

This morning the official James Bond Facebook page posted the above image. Given the number of rumors swirling around as to who will direct James Bond 24 recently, it seemed like a post that meant a little something more than just stating the obvious, post credit text all Bond films have utilized.

While names including Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Shane Black and Nicolas Winding Refn have all been tossed around as potential directors to step in for Skyfall director Sam Mendes, it was recently revealed Mendes was likely to return for the 24th installment even though he initially dismissed the idea. Well, now it seems like it's not only Bond 24 he's after.

Today Showbiz 411 reports Mendes will indeed return for Bond 24 and is likely to also direct Bond 25. Should this come true, it would mean Mendes would direct what will likely be the final two Bond films for star Daniel Craig.

It was originally said Bond 24 and 25 would serve as a two-part story with filming to take place back-to-back. Those rumors were later dismissed, but you can expect them to bubble back to the surface now.

Interestingly enough, this would also give fans intrigued by the recent news Christopher Nolan was in informal talks to direct a future Bond feature something to hold onto. Nolan has previously stated he would definitely consider directing a Bond film, telling Empire, "It would have to be the right situation and the right time in their cycle of things." What could be more "right" than stepping in for Bond 26 with a new Bond and a brand new storyline?

Nolan is currently prepping for production on Interstellar for a 2014 release. Would it be at all implausible to expect him to take over Bond in 2016 or '17?

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/sofasobad/ sofasobad

    Here's Mendes talking to The Guardian on 19 April:

    "Was I willing to go straight back into a room with a writer and start work on the same set of characters and the same scenarios as I've been working on for the last three years? No. The idea made me feel physically ill." He laughs...

    How times change...but I suppose he has had a break doing the stage version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The decision still surprises me, though - if the story is true.

  • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    It would be nice if they churned the next two out in five years.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I wonder if it was more than just an extra couple zero's on the offer that has led to this possible change of mind.

    They would have to film 24 and 25 back to back if they were going to have 26 ready for a theoretical Nolan takeover by as early as 2017, because if not you'd probably be talking more like 2020 for him to get involved.

    That then just risks a conveyor belt risking getting started with them if they're too quickly made.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ClarkKent/ Clark Kent

    Loving all the possible Bonds coming our way: more from Mendes, a new one from Nolan... all sounds good.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I would be very excited about seeing more Bond from Mendes. I would be excited to see Nolan direct a Bond film as well.