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Sam Mendes returning to direct next Bond film

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Jul 11, 2013 | 1:37pm EDT

Sam Mendes is returning to the director's chair for the follow-up to his hit James Bond epic Skyfall. Mendes insisted he would not be back for the 24th film in the 007 franchise after the 2012 release of Skyfall, which became the most successful movie in James Bond history, but he recently admitted he wouldn't make a final decision about the job until after the premiere of his new West End play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now Mendes is hoping to continue his winning streak after signing on to helm the next Bond project, set to be released in the U.K. on 23 October, 2015. Skyfall scribe John Logan will also return to pen the script, while Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the British superspy. A statement from Mendes reads, "I am very pleased that by giving me the time I need to honour all my theatre commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24. I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time."

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