During the release of "Skyfall", the film's director Sam Mendes said he had no plans to return to helm the next entry in the James Bond series. At the same time, EON seemed to be making early plans with "Bond 24" and "Bond 25" to be a two-parter that could've gone into production back-to-back.
Months later, Mendes suddenly became interested again whilst talk of a "Bond 25" and a back-to-back shoot faded away. Now, speaking with Charlie Rose, the director explained why he's back on as director and says that plans have changed regarding "Bond 24".
Mendes now indicates that the movie will be a follow-up to "Skyfall," with the impact of events in that film coming into consideration here (though not as "direct" a sequel as "Quantum of Solace" was to "Casino Royale"):
"I started a number of stories that were incomplete. I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner. There was a missing piece now.
I felt like there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story. And then I started to get really interested again, when they agreed to wait a little longer and not go immediately and not go with two movies but with one, which I felt very strongly about."
Mendes also spoke about one of the draws of "Skyfall" with the audience, and one that will likely be featured again in the upcoming sequel:
"What we tried to do, and audiences seemed to embrace in 'Skyfall,' was that for the first time characters were allowed to age, and they were allowed to acknowledge the passing of the years, and were allowed to acknowledge the history - in a kind of sly, mischievous way - the history of the franchise that they've been part of."
"Bond 24" is currently slated to hit cinemas on November 6th 2015.