7 Facts About Sam Mendes

1. On 11 July 2013, it was announced that Sam Mendes would direct the 24th James Bond film.

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2. On 5 January 2010, news broke that Sam Mendes was employed to direct the 23rd Eon Productions installment of the James Bond franchise.

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3. In 2005, Sam Mendes directed the war film Jarhead, in association with his production company Neal Street Productions.

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4. In 1999 Sam Mendes made his film directorial debut with American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey.

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5. In 2003 Sam Mendes directed a revival of the musical Gypsy.

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6. In 1990 Sam 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.

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7. In 2000 Sam Mendes was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to drama" and in the same year was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany.

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