10 Things We're Thankful For This Year – Sam Mendes' James Bond

When news broke that Sam Mendes would officially be returning as director for Bond 24 there was a huge feeling of relief among fans. Mendes and Bond star Daniel Craig are a match made in heaven; Skyfall proved that by being both a critical and box-office hit. Mendes recently chatted with talk show host Charlie Rose and revealed to him why he finally said yes to Bond 24.

Mendes told Charlie Rose that he had 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. I felt like there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.”

Before he agreed to return to the long-running movie franchise, Mendes was hesitant due to other projects. Initially he said that he wouldn’t direct Bond 24 because his busy schedule wouldn’t allow it. Mendes told Rose that once the producers agreed to wait a little longer, and allow him to do only one movie instead of two, he started to get “re-interested” in the job.

Mendes didn’t reveal too much about the upcoming film’s plot, but did say that it will be a continuation of Skyfall in terms of themes and feel.

“What we tried to do, and what audiences seemed to embrace in Skyfall was for the first time, characters were allowed to age,” says Mendes, “and they were allowed to acknowledge the passing of the years, and could acknowledge the history in a kind of sly, mischievous way.”

He also mentioned that the audience had a lot to do with his return as well. He recalls a time when he sat with a test audience who reacted very positive to the reveal of the DB5, and said he felt like his 12-year-old again, and was thrilled to be a part of Bond.

Skyfall is set to open in theaters on November 6, 2015.

Source: PBS [via TotalFilm]