As Skyfall drew to a close, the credits read – as the credits usually do – “James Bond will return.” And if you are anything like me, you were wishing that Skyfall director Sam Mendes would return, as well. As we have covered on the site repeatedly, Skyfall is a stunning return to form for 007, and the idea of Mendes continuing his mission with Bond would be delightful.
It’s likely not going to be the case, though, according to longtime Bond co-screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked on the latest movie with Mendes and have announced that Skyfall would be their last. While teaching a master class at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the writers revealed:
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 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. … We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall.”
I thoroughly enjoy when Team 007 admits to the general failures of Quantum instead of pretending that it was up to snuff. Daniel Craig even has taken a few swipes at Quantum, which doesn’t belong in the same class as Casino Royale or Skyfall (and yes, was a victim of a writers’ strike that paralyzed Hollywood).
What’s interesting, however, is the news that Mendes and Logan have the idea for the next Bond movie. It lends credence to the rumor floating around that the next two Bond movies were going to be penned as back-to-back chapters of a longer story (though Craig shot that theory down). Even more enticing is the notion that Mendes might return to the director’s chair for a follow-up Bond thriller. He’d be crazy not to. And while he initially said to the press that he wouldn’t, he’s lightning up a bit more. Mendes told Time Out:
“I’ve enjoyed it enough to do it again. I think the choice is in the audience’s hands. If people love the movie and they want to see another one from the same people who brought you ‘Skyfall,’ then that would mean a lot to me. I would feel like, ‘Well, actually there are people who really want to see it.’”
Yes, Mr. Mendes, there are a lot of people who’d love to see you return for Bond 24. Skyfall is breaking the banks around the globe. If Mendes likes the story he and Logan have cooked up, could it be enough to lure him back into the James Bond fold?