For whatever reason, I feel like the new Bond film, Spectre, has flown somewhat under-the-radar during its promotional period. The classic British spy series' trailer was just released, and it looks like it is going to live up to the greatness of the franchise for sure. Director Sam Mandes appears to have done a great job, but apparently he's confirmed that this will be his final Bond film.
Here's the trailer for reference:
Here's what Mendes had to say on BBC Radio's Test Match Special. It appears he is kind of worn out by putting so much effort into these films. I'm sure it's high-pressure to pump out a great product and that can take a toll on even the most prolific of directors.
"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."
I get that. I mean, directors want to have freedom, and even though he was obviously paid handsomely for the Bond movies he worked on, it must feel a bit constraining. For example, if you include 2012's Skyfall, it's been five years in total of Bond-work for the director and that can certainly be taxing.
"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 guess we'll see if Mendes is truly done for good. I'll take his word for it for now, but you never know. It's not always easy to pass up a big payday and also to attach your name to one of the coolest franchises of all time.
Spectre will hit theaters November 6th.
(Via: Huffington Post)