But Barbara Broccoli has apparently told Getty Images Entertainment: "We will get him back. We haven't given up hope. Maybe not for the next [movie], but we will get him back again."
And her co-producer Michael G Wilson added: "We are working on him. [With all these awards] we hope that maybe he will have gotten inspired to come back."
Meanwhile Danny Boyle is the latest high-profile director tipped to replace Mendes in the director's chair for Bond 24.
According to The Sun, he was seen chatting with Broccoli at the Empire Awards on Sunday - and Wilson is quoted as saying: "He certainly could be a Bond director."
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