Should Mendes Direct Bond? are reports that Sam Mendes, Oscar winner for “American Beauty,” may direct the next Bond movie, to star Daniel Craig. Why not? Once Mendes has a good script and the right special-effects people, the movie basically directs itself. Also, doing a franchise story would take Mendes away from the not-very-good movies he tends to direct, such as “Away We Go.” For me, Mendes’ true brilliance is as a theatre director — his latest production, “As You Like It,” opens in Brooklyn later this month.

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