Sam Mendes Is Done With James Bond

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes, who directed the last two James Bond films “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” says he’s done with the franchise.

Speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, he said to The Guardian this week: “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. But I think it’s time for somebody else. I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

He also briefly touched upon all the speculation over a potential replacement for actor Daniel Craig, saying that while everyone has their favorite choice it is really up to only one person: “It’s not a democracy. [producer] Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”

He then went on to remind people that she was the one who picked a then lesser-known Craig for the role at a time when he had “zero support”. Mendes two films have grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide in total at the box office.