James Bond director Sam Mendes hands in his license to kill.

Sam Mendes is coming in from the cold. After directing the the 23rd and 24th films in the James Bond movie series, Skyfall and Spectre, the former theater director believes “It’s time for somebody else.”

“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” Mendes said in a statement at the Hay festival picked up by the Associated Press. “I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters.”

The James Bond series are based on the spy novels of Ian Fleming. The first 007 was played by Sean Connery in 1962. The series is about to change onscreen guns with Daniel Craig’s departure.  “It’s not a democracy,” Mendes said at the Hay festival. He said producer Barbara Broccoli “decides who is going to be the next Bond, end of story.”

Broccoli’s last spy appointment, Daniel Craig, got some blowback from Bond fans but played the role for the last four films, starting with 2006’s Casino Royale. There has been a lot of speculation on who will be the next debonair spy to stir the martini. Now there are reports that Turn: Washington’s Spies star Jamie Bell has met for the role and that Tom Hiddleston is in “advanced talks.” Fans continue to push for Idris Elba in the role, and there’s a fan campaign for Gillian Anderson, as well.

There’s no release date set for the next James Bond movie.


Tony Sokol

5/29/2016 at 10:26AM


Take the day off on June 3rd as Den of Geek takes over Videology for a special screening of the John Hughes classic.

“The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.”

Ready to feel old? It’s been three decades since Ferris Bueller’s Day Off hit theaters.

To celebrate John Hughes’ classic comedy, Den of Geek will be taking the day off from our offices and running the site from Videology in Brooklyn. We’re going to take over Videology at 4 pm, so use your Summer Friday time to skip out of work early and start partying with us. We’ll kick things off with a specially crafted playlist that includes not only songs from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  and other of Hughes’ era-defining films, but also songs we think the characters in the film would dig. So come eat, drink, and hang out with all of your favorite Den of Geek personalities.

We’ll also host a 1980s trivia contest with totally awesome prizes, and we’ll have a very special pre-show in which we’ll look at the cultural impact of Ferris Bueller through strange and hilarious film clips, as well as another video that sums up the pop culture flavor of 1986 for those who either weren’t around for it the first time or those of us who never mentally got over that special year. We’ll screen the movie at 5 pm (just in time for Happy Hour!) and then hang out and party into the night.

And of course, there will be prizes a-plenty!

Costumes are encouraged, so come dressed as your character from the film.

Videology is located at 308 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The event is FREE! You can RSVP on Facebook right here.

So won’t you take the day off with us? After all, life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile you might just miss it.

We’ll have prizes provided by Funko, too!

Some related articles to get you in the 1986 mood…

The MTV Guide to 1986 Summer Movies!

Siskel and Ebert review Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

School is now in session at John Hughes High School

This Cats Anti-Smoking PSA is Purr-fect.

Vintage TV Guide Commercial from 1986

Karate Kid Toys Commercial

That time the Beastie Boys took over MTV in 1986


Chris Cummins

5/29/2016 at 8:19AM


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