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Sam Mendes to direct James Bond 23

Posted by LiveFor on January 5, 2010

Looks like Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the venerable James Bond franchise according to THR.

Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.

Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing, along with “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan. Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007.

The film will be Mendes’ first action-heavy project, although his 2005 effort “Jarhead” was set amid U.S. war in Kuwait. Mendes’ last directorial effort, the road-trip dramedy “Away We Go,” grossed $10 million domestically last summer.

Could be good, could be bad. Still don’t have a proper grasp on what Mendes can do. I kind of enjoy his films, but they just don’t grab me. He is also attached to the Preacher adaption.

Is Mendes the right choice for Daniel Craig’s third mission as Bond? What do you want to see in the next Bond film?

2 Responses to “Sam Mendes to direct James Bond 23”

  1. James Bond said

    A supprising turn of events I think, considering just days ago we were getting reports of pre-production being on hold and future being ‘uncertain’. Nice way to turn it around with a director. What does everyone else think?

  2. Bourne said

    I think the last Bond sucked monkey ballz big time! i hope this dude can sort the new one out!

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