The excellent Skyfall was the biggest box office success in UK history, raking in a whopping $1 billion worldwide, and so expectations are high for Sam Mendes sophomore Bond effort Spectre.
The planned release date has jumped around a bit; at first it was October 23rd then it changed to November 6th. But now Sony has settled on the earlier date of October 26th for the UK market, the same night as the world premiere.
In related news, it appears it’s two films and then it’s curtains for Mendes on the Bond front. Speaking on BBC Radio Test Match special, of all places, Mendes confirmed/strongly insisted he wouldn’t be returning to direct another:
“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it, and was pilloried by all my friends. But I do think this is probably it… I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold. It feels almost, even though we’ve just finished shooting [Spectre], like one big experience and it was a fantastic life-changing thing … It really is more a lifestyle choice than a job.”
You really can’t blame him. Making those two films has taken up about 5 years of his life/career and he most likely has other projects that he wants to do. That being said, he did say he wasn’t gonna do Skyfall but ended up doing that. Who knows, they may make him an offer he can’t refuse.
As stated, Spectre will now hit UK and Irish cinemas on October 26th. US audiences will still have to wait to November 6 – sorry folks! We’re not smug at all, honest…