While we've heard in the past that Bond 24 will be a direct continuation of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes has spoken out about this for the first time, revealing that, while he was reluctant to return to the franchise, there were still a lot of unanswered questions that he needed to account for.

Speaking with Charlie Rose, the director explains that he simply did not want to return to the world of James Bond after completing what some fans feel is the best entry in the series in over two decades. But there was an itch to finish what he had started, as he left a lot of story threads lingering in the wind.

"I started a number of stories that were incomplete. I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q, I cast a new Tanner. There was a missing piece now. I felt like there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story. And then I started to get really interested again, when they agreed to wait a little longer and not go immediately and not go with two movies but with one, which I felt very strongly about."

It was at one time rumored that Sam Mendes would actually direct Bond 24 and Bond 25 back-to-back, but at this time he is only signed to return for one movie. While Sony Pictures was hoping for a Skyfall trilogy, the director hints that this may only be a two-picture deal.

He explains some of the details that he wants to bring back in this direct sequel to the 2012 film.

"What we tried to do, and audiences seemed to embrace in Skyfall, was that for the first time characters were allowed to age, and they were allowed to acknowledge the passing of the years, and were allowed to acknowledge the history - in a kind of sly, mischievous way - the history of the franchise that they've been part of."

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