Sam Mendes delivered an incredibly solid James Bond film with 2012's Skyfall and was thankfully talked into returning to the director's chair for the upcoming followup Spectre. Spectre is currently still in production and is wrapping things up on its way to a November 6th release date. Daniel Craig is returning as James Bond and will face off against Christoph Waltz as a character named Franz Oberhauser.
Mendes has spoken publicly before about the tiring nature of making films like these and has been a long time fan of theater and the live environment. In a recent interview with BBC News, Mendes spoke about his experiences with these films and stated that he would not return to direct any more Bond outings after the 24th. He is quoted as saying "This is a bigger movie than Skyfall. It's shot in more places - we were in Mexico City and Tangiers and northern Sahara and Rome and the Alps and London. It's been an enormous undertaking" which sounds exhausting on its own but his is exacerbated by the accelerated production Spectre has been undergoing.
While this is sad news, one can't blame Mendes and should rather thank him for delivering one solid film and another that looks to keep the trend alive. We will know for sure this November and I for one can't wait. The more difficult tasks will be to replace Daniel Craig and establish a tone that is different enough to not be redundant but still pleases audiences. Sound off on your thoughts and check here for future James Bond news.