If the James Bond series has taught us anything it’s ‘Never Say Never Again’. Therefore the news that Sam Mendes has said he’s done with the Bond franchise should be taken with a pinch of salt. After all, he said that he was out after the Daniel Craig starred, Skyfall – yet here we are on the cusp of SPECTRE’s release.
These films are mammoth undertakings, so I have no doubt he means this to some extent – but things may change after the film is released (and he’s asked back). Here’s what Mendes had to say…
“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends. But I do think this is probably it.
I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold. It feels almost, even though we’ve just finished shooting it, like one big experience and it was a fantastic life-changing thing. It really is more a lifestyle choice than a job.
I’m happiest rehearsing a play or editing a movie, and when I’ve finished editing a movie I generally want to be back in a theatre environment again. It feels like home, it feels controllable after the chaos of a movie set. But it won’t be long before I want to do another film, and I’m very fortunate to be able to go back and forth between the two.
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.”
Mendes also stated that the theme song for the film is in the can:
“I can say that the song’s been recorded and it’s fantastic and I’m very excited about it. You won’t have to wait long.”
SPECTRE opens in the UK on October, 26 2005.