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"At a very early stage, there was a treatment — which was almost entirely ditched — but it ended with the death of M. And that was one of the things that hooked me in. Everyone was feeling that, with Barbara and Michael's willingness to handle the character that way, that one decision, in a sense, changed the entire franchise. It acknowledged the passage of time, arguably for the first time ever, in the series. It acknowledged that they are mortal, that they are going to age and probably die."
― Sam Mendes

Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning work on his debut film American Beauty (1999) and his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996) and Gypsy (2003).

Mendes directed Skyfall in 2012, and after long negotations he was confirmed to be the director of Spectre, which he directed.


  • Before directing Daniel Craig in James Bond films, Mendes had directed Craig in Road to Perdition.
  • Mendes worked again with Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins on the 2019 war movie 1917.