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Sam Mendes turns down 'Skyfall' follow-up

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Sam Mendes has ruled himself out of directing the next James Bond movie following the runaway success of last year's "Skyfall" in order to concentrate on his theater commitments.

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The 23rd 007 adventure, starring Daniel Craig as the iconic superspy, grossed $1.1 billion at the box office and won a slew of honors during the 2012-13 awards season, including two Oscars. However, Mendes will not be re-teaming with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for the 24th Bond installment as he wants to focus on overseeing the upcoming London stage production of Roald Dahl's tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as well as his other projects.

"It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara's very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," he told EmpireOnline.com. "Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theater and other commitments, including productions of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'King Lear,' that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond. I feel very honored to have been part of the Bond family, and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future."

A statement from Wilson and Broccoli said, "We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sam. He directed our most successful Bond movie ever, 'Skyfall.' We would have loved to have made the next film with him but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with him again."

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Mar 7, 2013 5:21AM
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Why do you say that there are 23 James Bond films when in fact there are 24? Why do everyone think the "Never say Never Again is not a James Bond film? After all Sean Connery is one of the best.
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