Naomie Harris Born September 6, 1976. Starred as Selena~28 Days Later, Tia Dalma/Calypso~2nd+3rd Pirates of the Caribbean, Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall and SPECTRE.Winnie Mandela in Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom.Southpaw, Our Kind of Traitor,Moonlight (Oscar Nominee) plus Collateral Beauty and Jungle Book (2018)
2013 | Written by Phil de Semlyen | Source:
Bond may be back, but Empire can exclusively
reveal that Sam Mendes won't be joining him. At the BAFTAs recently, basking in
the glow of Skyfall's triumph for Outstanding British Film, it
seemed that Mendes, who had previously claimed he would make just the single
Bond entry, could be tempted back for another go. But, having bumped into the
Oscar-winning director on a barren Scottish glen - or was it a glitzy Macau
casino? - he confided in us that he won't be returning to direct Bond
“It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and
Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie," explained Mendes.
"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."
freshly crossing the $1.1bn mark at the box office and still hoovering
up plaudits - it dominates the nominations at
this year's Jameson Empire Awards - the news will no doubt be a blow to
producers Broccoli and Wilson. Then again, with a freshly reinvigorated
franchise to oversee and actors of the calibre of Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris,
Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes to work with, there'll be no shortage of
high-calibre applicants to pick from for Bond 24.
If his gifted direction
of dramatic beats came as no surprise to movie-watchers, Mendes' adroit handling
of Bond's action sequences wowed fans and elevated Skyfall to
critical and commercial echelons previously never enjoyed by a Bond movie. For
his part, the 47 year old director refuses to rule out the possibility of a
Martin Campbell-like return to the franchise in years to come. "I feel very
honoured to have been part of the Bond family", said Mendes, "and very much hope
I have a chance to work with them again sometime in the future".
A response from Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli has just reached us,
and it more than leaves the door open to a Mendes return. "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."
So there you have it. It's a sad farewell - for now - from Mendes to Bond,
and a big question about who will direct the next film. Share your thoughts