James Bond director Sam Mendes to head Venice Film Festival jury

Is 'Spectre' Director Sam Mendes' Last James Bond Movie

ROME — British film and stage director Sam Mendes will head the jury of the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

Mendes' rapport with the Lido dates back to 2002 when he was in the Venice competition with Tom Hanks-starrer "Road to Perdition," which is the only one of his movies to launch from an international film festival.

Mendes broke out on the global film scene with his smash hit first feature "American Beauty," followed by mob movie "Perdition," war drama "Jarhead," Kate Winslet-starrer "Revolutionary Road," road comedy "Away We Go" and the two highly successful latest James Bond pictures, "Skyfall," in 2012, and "Spectre" in 2015.

He will next direct "The Voyeur's Motel," based on a soon-to-be-published novel by Gay Talese about a man who spent 35 years spying on his motel guests. Steven Spielberg is producing.

Mendes, whose career started in theatre, most recently directed the Olivier Award-nominated musical adaptation for the stage of Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." He is also an executive producer of hit Brit TV show "Penny Dreadful."

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James Bond director Sam Mendes to head Venice Film Festival jury
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Sam Mendes accepts the award for Best British Film for Spectre on stage during the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally altered) Sam Mendes poses in the winners room with awards for Best British Film and Best Thriller for 'Spectre' at the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Sam Mendes sighting on November 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Crowder/Legge/GC Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 02: Film director Sam Mendes attends the red carpet of the 'Spectre' film premiere at Auditorio Nacional on November 02, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Director Sam Mendes attends the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Honorees Sam Mendes, James Corden, and Meryl Streep attend The GREAT Britain Campaign during the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The GREAT Britain Campaign)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Host Jack Whitehall, honoree Amy Schumer, and honoree Sam Mendes attend The GREAT Britain Campaign during the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The GREAT Britain Campaign)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Saoirse Ronan (L) and honoree Sam Mendes (holding the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by The GREAT Britain Campaign) pose during the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Director Sam Mendes (L) and actress Jane Seymour attend The GREAT Britain Campaign during the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The GREAT Britain Campaign)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Honoree Sam Mendes attends the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Director Sam Mendes attends the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Director Sam Mendes, actor Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, and Christoph Waltz attend a red carpet for 'Spectre' on October 27, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: (L-R) Prince Harry, Barbara Broccoli and Director Sam Mendes attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Spectre' at Royal Albert Hall on October 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Director Sam Mendes at the 'Spectre' Press Conference at the Corinthia Hotel London on October 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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Last year Alfonso Cuaron served as Venice jury topper, two years after his film "Gravity" launched from the Lido in 2013.

The upcoming edition of Venice will see Alberto Barbera remain in the saddle as artistic director, thanks to an extension of his mandate beyond the fest's customary four year term. Barbara's extension is likely to be a prelude to his getting another four-year mandate at the helm of the Grand Dame of European film festivals.

Barbera is coming off a solid 72nd edition that saw Venezuelan first-time director Lorenzo Vigas's potent first feature "From Afar" scoop the Golden Lion while also launching high-profile studio and U.S. indie titles including "Black Mass," "Everest," and Tom McCarthy's multiple-Oscar-winning "Spotlight" which bolstered Venice's status as a driver for awards season fare.

The 73rd edition of Venice will run August 31-September 10.

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