Director says farewell to Bond

Sam Mendes is finished with James Bond. The acclaimed British director of Skyfall and Spectre said Saturday he will not direct the next installment in the spy series that started with Sean Connery’s 1962 performance in Dr. No.

“It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” Mendes said of his five years working on the franchise. “But I think it’s time for somebody else.”

Mendes, who spoke at the Hay Festival of literature in Wales, said he hoped the next Bond director would come from an “unexpected direction,” just as he had.

Van Dyke to head back home

Dick Van Dyke plans to return this summer to the eastern Illinois town where he grew up to lead a fundraising drive aimed at saving his childhood home.

Van Dyke announced that he will make two fundraising appearances at events in Danville on June 24. Money raised will be used for the restoration effort on his house.

Actor pitches in for veterans

Before starting work on the next Transformers film, Josh Duhamel is supporting a campaign that provides smart homes for injured American veterans, and he’s encouraging others to do the same.

The 43-year-old actor appears in a video that shows how the #EnlistMe effort restores independence to injured veterans by building wheelchair-accessible homes with high-tech features.