Mendes spoke to Empire:
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.
Damn. Skyfall will be a tough act for any director to follow.
You know, Quentin Tarantino has always wanted to direct a Bond film. And he did not like Skyfall. He ruled out the possibility a couple months ago, but J.J. Abrams also ruled out doing Star Wars once upon a time…