Could Sam Mendes Direct The Next James Bond?
The success of Skyfall has been huge, both critically and commercially, with excellent performances on its opening weekend both in the U.K and the U.S. Given the warm reception of the 23rd Bond, portrayed by Daniel Craig, the talk has shifted onto the next incarnation.
Speaking during an appearance at the fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Robert Wade, one of the films writers said: "We're very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we've gotten it to a good place." I know that John Logan (screenwriter) and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time," The Belfast Times reports. It's not just talk of the next director that has flittered around the press gangs, talk of who will be the next Bond has been rumoured, too. Despite Craig being contracted to appear twice more as 007, the quick turn around is something that might put him off, and given the tremendous success, it's something the producers will want to get in motion. Idris Elba of The Wire and Luther is a possible candidate, and would be the first black James Bond if he were to be offered the role.
Skyfall, which was released last month, became the UK's biggest box office hit of the year in the space of just 12 days. It is also the most financially successful Bond film, superseding 2006's Casino Royale.