Sam Mendes Set for BAFTA Career Retrospective

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The Oscar-winning director's second James Bond outing has just hit British cinemas.

Fresh from this week's world premiere of Spectre, which earned an impressive $6.4 million in Monday night previews across the U.K. and looks likely to challenge Skyfall as the biggest James Bond film of all time, director Sam Mendes is set to get a career retrospective at BAFTA.

The British Academy announced Wednesday that the filmmaker — who won the best director Oscar in 1999 for American Beauty — would discuss his career and craft at a special BAFTA "A Life in Pictures" event, to be held in London on Nov. 30. The series has previously hosted such big names as Cate Blanchett, David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Ang Lee, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Quentin Tarantino.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Mendes recently said that it would take some time to decide whether he would return to do another 007, assuming he was asked back.

"One thing I learned from the last one is that you're in no fit state to make any decision about your career — or any form of creative involvement in Bond — until at least six months after you've finished [the last one]," he said.

Although it won't quite be six months, perhaps by November he'll have a better idea.

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