Sam Mendes returns to direct 24th James Bond film

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Sam Mendes has signed on to direct the 24th James Bond film and the follow-up to the box-office success “Skyfall” that earned $1.1 billion worldwide.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker will reunite with “Skyfall” star Daniel Craig, who will reprise his role as the British secret agent for the fourth time. According to Sony Pictures Entertainment, the upcoming Bond flick will also feature the screenplay written by Skyfall scribe John Logan.

In March this year, Sam Mendes told Empire Magazine that he won’t be directing the next 007 adventure because he would be busy working stage productions of “King Lear” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” But it seemed Bond producers really wanted Mendes back on the reins as they waited for him to finish up his theater commitments. Well why wouldn’t they? The Mendes-directed “Skyfall” was the highest-grossing film ever in the UK and ranks No. 8 globally on the all-time list.

Mendes said in a statement: “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.”

The not-yet-titled Bond film is set to hit theaters in November 6, 2015.

Photos by: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

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