Mendes has given up film directing... for now
On the outer... Skyfall director Sam Mendes and his cast (from left) Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Bernice Marlohe and Javier Bardem. Photo: Getty Images
Sam Mendes has spurned the chance to direct the next James Bond film to concentrate on his theatre work, he says.
Mendes directed Skyfall (2012), the last movie about the British secret agent, which became the highest-grossing film ever in Britain and took more than $US1 billion ($A980.63 million) at the box office worldwide.
The British director, 47, who won an Oscar for directing American Beauty (1999), said it had been a "very difficult decision" to give up the director's chair for the 24th official Bond film, which will again feature Daniel Craig in the title role.
'One of the best experiences' ... director Sam Mendes on set with Daniel Craig. Photo: Sony Pictures
Mendes told Empire film magazine: "Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre 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."