James Bond director Sam Mendes has revealed that the upcoming film Spectre will be the last James Bond movie that he will be directing. Mendes said in an interview: “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“, he told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special. He added that, “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“.
Mendes has also made a name for himself in theatre, directing Ronald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory in between making the Bond films. With regards to his other work he said: “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“.
Mendes has also confirmed that the film’s theme song has been recorded but is keeping very tight lipped about it, stating: “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 is due to be released in October in the UK and in November in the US. Mendes’ other Bond film Skyfall was released in 2012 and made $1 Billion in worldwide ticket sales.