Sam Mendes Returning to Direct 24th James Bond Film

Rebecca Ford
Sam Mendes Not Directing Next James Bond Movie

Sam Mendes is returning to direct the 24th James Bond film.

Daniel Craig will once again return as the legendary British secret agent, Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, EON Productions; Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Michael Lynton, CEO, Sony Entertainment, Inc, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment  announced Thursday.

The film, from a screenplay by John Logan, is set for release in UK theaters on October 23, 2015, and in U.S. theaters on November 6, 2015.

Mendes' Skyfall, which opened in theaters in November 2012, went on to become the highest grossing film in the franchise and the highest grossing film in the U.K. of all time. It's grossed $1.1 billion worldwide to date.

"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,” said Mendes in a statement.

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