It has been a big week of news for 007 fans. We’ve been treated to a new trailer that reveals a lot more about the plot of “Spectre”, which is set to crash onto cinema screens this October. ‘Skyfall’ was a personal favourite of mine and “Spectre” looks like it will continue in the same vein, which is very promising indeed. The film looks to continue the darker side of Bond, Craig looks like he is on top form again and the film certainly looks like it includes it’s fair share of explosions and fight sequences.
As exciting as this new trailer is, it was undermined by the news that Sam Mendes has announced that he will not be continuing his involvement with the James Bond universe once this latest film is released. In an interview with the BBC, he stated “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.” He continued in saying that being part of the Bond franchise is not just a job, “it’s more of a lifestyle choice”, and he simply could not imagine himself getting behind the camera again. “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.”
It seems that Mendes wants to pursue other projects, which an involvement with Bond simply does not allow. He can look back fondly at his time with Britain’s best secret agent. Skyfall smashed “Bond” box office records and revitalized the franchise after the dismal “Quantum of Solace”. And if the new installment lives up to expectation, Mendes will have a left wonderful legacy that he can look back on proudly. Roll on October.