First, he probably was. Then, he definitely wasn't. In the meantime, directors such as Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn and Christopher Nolan were batted around - wouldn't they all be such great choices for Bond, and wouldn't Bond be such a dreadful choice for their careers? But now it appears that time is being made for Mendes to complete his theatre obligations (stage productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear) before he undertakes Bond 24, which is being written by John Logan. I rather enjoyed Skyfall, in fact, I thought it was Mendes' best film, so I'm up for this, and so are fans, who also rather enjoyed Skyfall.