Skyfall director Sam Mendes has confirmed he won’t be returning to the next Bond film, despite Skyfall’s stellar success.
Speaking to Empire magazine, Mendes said it had been a “very difficult decision” to decline producer Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s offer to direct a Skyfall follow-up, currently known as Bond 24.
“Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments … that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.”
In a statement, Wilson and Broccoli said: “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sam, he directed our most successful Bond movie ever, Skyfall. We would have loved to have made the next film with him but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with him again.”