“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie. Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."Empire also got a response from producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who are also hopeful we'll see another Mendes-directed Bond movie in the future:
"I feel very honoured to have been part of the Bond family and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future."
"We thoroughly enjoyed working with Sam, he directed our most successful Bond movie ever, Skyfall. We would have loved to have made the next film with him but completely respect his decision to focus on other projects and hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with him again."