Sam Mendes Won’t Direct More James Bond Movies

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Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) says he won’t be directing another James Bond after Spectre.

The director took Skyfall to a huge $1.1 billion worldwide draw, making it the most successful Bond film to date, but Mendes says he thinks his second round with the agent will be his last.

“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends,” Mendes told BBC. “But I do think this is probably it.”

Making a Bond picture is no small gig, and it’s the “enormous undertaking” that he experienced again with Spectre that looks to be holding Mendes back from a third go.

“It really is more a lifestyle choice than a job,” Mendes said. “I don’t think I could go down that road again.”

The director also revealed Spectre‘s theme song has been recorded and that we “won’t have to wait long” before we hear the track.

Spectre, starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Andrew Scott, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes, will have its world premiere in London on October 26 and will hit the U.S. and Australia on November 6.