Sam Mendes Is Done Directing Bond

Having helmed both “Skyfall” and the upcoming “Spectre,” filmmaker Sam Mendes has confirmed that once “Spectre” is out he’s done with the franchise. Speaking with BBC Radio, he says both films have been an enormous undertaking and:

“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. It feels almost, even though we’ve just finished shooting it, like one big experience and it was a fantastic life-changing thing.

I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold, [it] really is more a lifestyle choice than a job… This is a bigger movie than Skyfall. It’s shot in more places – we were in Mexico City and Tangiers and northern Sahara and Rome and the Alps and London.”

Mendes also confirms that the theme song is finished, but will not disclose the title or the artist – adding that we “won’t have to wait long”. With “Spectre” opening October 26th in the U.K. (two days earlier than originally planned), it’s expected we’ll know who has done the theme probably next month and will get to actually hear it around early October.

Daniel Craig, Ben Wishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista, Lea Seydoux and Stephanie Sigman star in the film which sees Bond trying to uncover a sinister organization with links to his past. It’s expected that we’ll also see the next trailer for the film in the next month or so.