Earlier this week, we learned that Skyfall director Sam Mendes was in talks to return to the James Bond franchise to direct the next installment of the franchise despite earlier having stated that other commitments would preclude further participation in the series. Now it turns out that Mendes is not only coming back for the 24th Bond film but most likely the 25th as well.
Roger Friedman over at Showbiz411 is reporting that the Bond franchise producers are actively discussing having the director helm the next two franchise installments, in a deal that will most likely see franchise star Daniel Craig through to the end of his time in the role of suave British secret agent James Bond.
It should be pointed out that Friedman appears to have an inside line to the Bond franchise as previously he was the one to break the news that Adele would be supplying the theme song to Skyfall, so take this news with that in mind.
With the Mendes-directed Skyfall grossing $1.1 billion at the box office to become the highest-grossing installment of the franchise and the eighth-highest grossing film of all time, it is understandable that producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli would want to secure his services for the next few films.
The possibility of Mendes directing the next two Bond films brings to mind the rumor from last year that Bond 24 and Bond 25 would be connected to form one big story. Craig denied that that would be the case, but with the producers looking to secure Mendes for both films, it does make me tempted to think that maybe that is what the producers have in mind.