No more Bond for Mendes: Director says Skyfall to be only Bond film

James Bond will return but it will be without director Sam Mendes according to Empire magazine reports.

The American Beauty director had already said that he would only do a single Bond movie and despite Skyfall's massive success it seems he will not be returning to the franchise.

Sam Mendes at the Baftas earlier this year Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA/Press Association Images

Empire quotes Mendes as saying; “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie.

"Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."