Sam Mendes has sent us on a rollercoaster of emotion over his involvement with Bond 24. After first claiming he wouldn't return to direct, because of the plan to make the new installment a two-part film, that plan was subsequently scrapped and his likeliness of return was then placed at 75%.
Now, Mendes has confirmed to Empire that he will in fact not direct.
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," Mendes said. Ultimately, the director cited theater commitments and other personal commitments as his reason for declining.
Skyfall was the highest-grossing Bond film ever, currently sitting at seventh all-time on the worldwide box office. Daniel Craig took on the role of 007 for the third time, and is confirmed to be returning for the next film. Javier Bardem, Berenice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas) also starred.