Sam Mendes

British director Sam Mendes

Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is a British stage and film director. He is best known for directing American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Director; the crime film Road to Perdition (2002); the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012), and his dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994) and Company (1996), as well as Gypsy (2003).
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Philippine film 'The Woman Who Left' wins Venice Golden Lion
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Philippine film "The Woman Who Left", a revenge tale shot in black and white by director Lav Diaz, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. "I want to dedicate this film to the Filipino people and their struggle, and humanity's struggle," Diaz said as he received the award. Holding his Lion aloft, the man behind Melancholia (2008) and Century of Birthing (2011) thanked the jury, lead this year by British director Sam Mendes, who said the 20 films in competition had proved to be of "a wonderful, astonishing variety".
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
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Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes: It's time for a new James Bond director
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Sam Mendes is finished with James Bond.The acclaimed British director of "Skyfall" and "Spectre" said Saturday he will not direct the next installment in the popular spy series that started with Sean Connery's startling 1962 performance in "Dr.
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
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Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - over 1 year
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - over 1 year
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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Sam Mendes won't direct next James Bond film
LATimes - over 1 year
Sam Mendes says it’s time for a new director to tackle James Bond.  The British director said Saturday that he would not return to helm the next installment in the long-running spy series, telling the audience at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales he believed it was “time for somebody else.” ...
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    In April 2016 he was named as the President of the Jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 48
    Mendes also directed the 2014 Olivier Award-nominated stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • 2013
    Age 47
    On 11 July 2013, it was announced that Mendes would direct the 24th James Bond film.
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    However, on 29 May 2013, it was reported that Mendes was back in negotiations with producers Wilson and Broccoli to direct the next Bond film, going back on his previous comments.
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    However, Mendes said in an interview with Empire Magazine in March 2013 that "It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara's very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie."
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  • 2011
    Age 45
    They were divorced in 2011. Winslet said in 2011 that "the first stage of my divorce with Sam came through" on the same day she was filming a divorce scene for her HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    Mendes and Hall dated from 2010 to 2015.
    On 5 January 2010, news broke that Mendes was employed to direct the 23rd Eon Productions installment of the James Bond franchise.
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    In 2010 he co-produced a critically acclaimed documentary film Out of the Ashes that deals with cricket in Afghanistan.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    Now let's talk about the second scene.'" Mendes' comedy-drama Away We Go opened the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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    In a January 2009 interview, Mendes commented, about directing his wife for the first time, "I would open my eyes in the morning and there Kate would be, going, 'Great!
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    In 2008 Mendes directed Revolutionary Road, starring his then-wife, Kate Winslet, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    In 2005, Mendes directed the war film Jarhead, in association with his production company Neal Street Productions.
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  • 2003
    Age 37
    Mendes married British actress Kate Winslet in May 2003 on what they characterised as a whim while on holiday in Anguilla.
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    In 2003 Mendes established Neal Street Productions, a film, television and theatre production company he would use to finance much of his later work.
  • 2002
    Age 36
    Mendes's second film, in 2002, was Road to Perdition, which grossed US$181 million.
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  • 1999
    Age 33
    In 1999 Mendes made his film directorial debut with American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    1994 saw Mendes stage a new production of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
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  • 1993
    Age 27
    In 1993 Mendes staged an acclaimed revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret starring Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming as Emcee, Adam Godley as Cliff Bradshaw and Sara Kestelman as Frau Schneider.
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  • 1992
    Age 26
    He spent his first two years overseeing the redesign of the theatre, and his opening production was Stephen Sondheim's Assassins in 1992.
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  • 1990
    Age 24
    In 1990 Mendes was appointed artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, a studio space in London's Covent Garden which he helped transform into one of the city's more notable theatre venues.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    He worked at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1988 as assistant director on a number of productions, including Major Barbara, and directing in "The Tent", the second venue.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 17
    He was also a "brilliant" schoolboy cricketer, according to Wisden and played for Magdalen College School in 1983 and 1984.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on August 1, 1965.
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