When "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes announced earlier this month that he won't be returning for another Bond film, hardcore 007 fans around the world reacted by shedding a single tear of blood. And the rest of us were pretty bummed out too.
But according to SlashFilm, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are still holding out hope that Mendes might change his mind and come back after all.
As someone once said, never say never again.
"We haven't given up hope." Broccoli said in a recent red carpet interview. "We'll get him back sometime… Maybe not for the next one… but hopefully we will get him back again."
"We hope that with all this success maybe he would have gotten inspired to come back," Wilson added.
So is Mendes swayed by all that hopey changey touchy feely stuff? As it happens, the Oscar winning director appeared at the same event and was asked about the chances of taking on Bond again. And he seemed... less sanguine.
"I'm doing my theatre projects, as I said before, and then I'll work out, when I'm able to clear my head a little bit, what I want to do next," Mendes said. "I've never really repeated myself, I've never done the same kind of movie one after the other, so just give me a chance to think about what I want to do next, and what I actually want to say. Sometimes it's difficult to really work that out."
But Mendes revealed that a return isn't completely out of the question, he just doesn't want to do it, you know, right now.
"I've definitely left the door open for the possibility of Bond movies in the future, it's just the next one, they need it, they need someone working on it now, for the next year, and then going into preproduction. When you've just come off the back of a huge roller coaster of three years, as we have, it just felt a little bit too much."
Hope springs eternal!