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Sam Mendes back in contention for Bond 24

Skyfall

Story by Jack Foley

SAM Mendes is reportedly back in contention to direct the next James Bond movie.

Having lensed the most successful entry in 007 history, Skyfall, franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson had been keen to bring him back.

But the director had previously ruled himself out due to other commitments prompting a search for a new director for the 24th Bond adventure.

However, according to industry website Deadline, Mendes has done a U-turn after Broccoli and Wilson expressed a willingness to wait for his services.

He is currently busy with his musical version of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory /Theatre-Review/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-sam-mendes-trailer is currently in previews in the West End and is also scheduled to follow it with a staging of King Lear at the National Theatre.

If a deal cannot be worked out, however, other names in the hat include Ang Lee, Nicolas Winding Refn and Christopher Nolan – although the latter may also require a delay while he completes his latest film, Interstellar.

Skyfall, the 23rd official Bond film, earned more than $1.1bn (£727m) globally and was named best British film at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards. It is the highest-grossing movie in UK box office history.

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