Dodgy journalism results in 2013 story being shared as current news.
It pains me to write this story as I absolutely shouldn’t have to. A news story originating in the Time of India (I won’t link as it will only encourage them) has it that Sam Mendes was offered the directing gig for Bond 26.
Unfortunately for the Times of India, and every website that blindly shared this “breaking news”, the quotes from Mendes date from 2013, after he initially turned down what would become SPECTRE. The website says that he had been made a generous offer but had decided against it. They even quote him:
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.
Except the quote comes from a 2013 interview with Empire.
Quite how the Times of India could have failed to double check I don’t know. And as for all the websites sharing this “news” without cross-checking, I don’t know what to say. As far as I know, Sam Mendes isn’t even in the frame for Bond 26.
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