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Sam Mendes says no to next James Bond film

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Photo -   FILE - This is a Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. file photo of Film Director Sam Mendes, with actors Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Craig at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue. Never say never again? Sam Mendes says he won't be directing the next James Bond film — but may work on the series again in future. In comments published Wednesday March 6, 2013 by movie magazine Empire, Mendes said he was honored to have been part of the Bond family, "and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again." (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
FILE - This is a Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. file photo of Film Director Sam Mendes, with actors Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Craig at the photo call for the new James Bond film titled Skyfall, at a central London restaurant venue. Never say never again? Sam Mendes says he won't be directing the next James Bond film — but may work on the series again in future. In comments published Wednesday March 6, 2013 by movie magazine Empire, Mendes said he was honored to have been part of the Bond family, "and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again." (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
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LONDON (AP) — Never say never again? Sam Mendes says he won't be directing the next James Bond film — but may work on the series again in future.

Mendes has been praised for his work on "Skyfall," the first Bond film to rake in more than $1 billion in revenue.

But Mendes says he has made the "very difficult decision" to focus on other projects "that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond." They include upcoming London stage productions of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "King Lear."

In comments published Wednesday by movie magazine Empire, Mendes said he was honored to have been part of the Bond family, "and very much hope I have a chance to work with them again."

Mendes worked in theater before turning to film. He won an Academy Award in 2000 for "American Beauty."

"Skyfall," which stars Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench, won two Oscars last month, including one for Adele's theme song.

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