“I do think this is probably it,” Mendes told BBC Radio 5’s Jonathan Agnew. “I think five years for the two movies, it feels now almost, even though we’ve only just finished shooting it, like one big experience.
“It was a fantastic life-changing thing, but I don’t think I could go down that road again. It’s more a lifestyle choice than a job. You have to put everything on hold,” he added.
“Almost”, “probably”, “think”… He doesn’t sound quite sure, does he? And as Mendes himself pointed out, he changed his mind regarding the Daniel Craig-starring Skyfall.
“I said no to the last one and then ended up doing it and was pilloried by all my friends, including Atherton [former England cricket captain Mike Atherton] who took great pleasure in reminding me that I said no to the last one and ended up doing it.”
Mendes says the theatre is beckoning once again, having recently worked on the West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical.
“When I’ve finished a movie I generally want to be back in a theatre environment again,” Mendes explained.
“But it won’t be long before I want to do another film, and I’m very, very fortunate to be able to go back and forth between the two.”
Of Spectre, Mendes says it’s a “bigger” movie than Skyfall.
“It’s shot in more places. We were in Mexico City, Tangiers, the Northern Sahara, Roma, The Alps, London […] it’s been an enormous undertaking. One of the most rewarding moments for a film director is when you finally finishing shooting.”