Though "Skyfall" was the most successful James Bond movie in the franchise's history, director Sam Mendes won't be on board for the next in the series.

He told Empire magazine it was "a very difficult decision," but he's committed to other projects -- including a theatrical production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The Oscar winner for "American Beauty" made "Skyfall" the most brooding, personal, and perhaps soul-searching Bond movie yet. So, whoever directs the 24th installment could put his or her own very distinctive touch on the classic series.

With that in mind, here are five completely out-of-the-box, tongue-in-cheek suggestions for 007's next director:

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