It looks like the next James Bond film is shaping up to be a fresh and new reimagining of the franchise. It’s not looking like Daniel Craig is going to return to the next film, and now director Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, won’t be back either. While speaking at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales, the filmmaker made the announcement saying:
"It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it's time for somebody else."
Mendes revealed that he is stepping down and away from the franchise, but said he hoped the next director to take on the 007 would come from an "unexpected direction.” The director explained that he is looking to tell fresh stories with new characters:
"I'm a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
I think it’s great that Mendes and Craig are looking to move on. I’m personally ready for a new version of Bond. Preferably played by Tom Hiddleston, which might actually happen! As we reported last week, the actor is currently in talks to play 007. Who knows what will happen, though. Other actors that have been discussed for the role are Idris Elba and Jamie Bell.
Mendes went on to say that it's pointless for fans to lobby for who should be the next Bond because the decision will be made solely by the series' producer, Barbara Broccoli.
"It's not a democracy ... Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”
It will certainly be interesting to see who she picks to continue the adventure of James Bond. I’m also curious to see who the next director will be! Who would you like to see come on board to direct the next James Bond film? I personally think it would be cool to see what Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat would do with the franchise!