Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig on Skyfall set

Briefly: More than likely, Sam Mendes is telling people he’s not yet committed to Bond 24 to forestall any questions about what the movie is going to be. But all the same, the director who once ruled out making another Bond film to follow Skyfall, but who was then all but confirmed to direct Bond 24 (and Bond 25) is saying that nothing is set in stone at this point.

At the opening night of his stage musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London, Mendes told Hey U Guys,

In answer to the question you’re going to ask, I don’t know yet. I’m in discussion over the ‘B’ word and I won’t make any decision until ['Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'] is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has been my focus.

Charlie is scheduled to move to the States after a run in London, but we don’t know if Mendes will move on to developing other projects after the London run is solidified, or if he’ll hold off until it gets to the US. This doesn’t sound like he’s brushing off Bond once more, however, merely that he’s focusing on one thing at a time.

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