Sam Mendes Leaves ‘James Bond’ Franchise

After having been at the helm of the last two 007 movies, Skyfall and Spectre, director Sam Mendes seems to be ready to leave the franchise. This comes surprising, as both have been great financial successes; Skyfall is the highest grossing Bond to date, and Spectre takes number four on that list.

However, Mendes says money isn’t the issue here.

“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” he said at the Hay Festival of Literature in Wales. “But I think it’s time for somebody else. I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

The Bond franchise has been all over the internet these past few days, as Daniel Craig (who has been the face of Agent 007 since 2006) is also rumored to be done with the role. But while names like Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Thor movies), Idris Elba (Heimdall in the Thor movies) and Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four) are being seen frequently in regards to the next James Bond, Mendes also said that the fans don’t have a say in that decision:

“It’s not a democracy … Barbara Broccoli decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”

As more news surface, we’ll be sure to cover it for you guys.