Mendes to direct next Bond film

Sam MendesSam Mendes directed the 23rd film in the series, Skyfall

Skyfall director Sam Mendes is to direct the 24th James Bond film, due for release in 2015, it has been announced.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the British spy, with the script penned by John Logan.

Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “We’re really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”

Bond 24 is due for release in the UK on 23 October.

It will have its US release two weeks later, on 6 November.

Mendes, who he is currently working on the West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory said he is “very much looking forward to taking up the reigns again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

He added: “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.”

Skyfall made $ 1.1bn (£700m) at the worldwide box office and became the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK.

Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal of Sony Entertainment said it is a “privilege” to work on the Bond films.

“EON, John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with an extraordinary follow up to Skyfall and we, along with our partners at MGM, can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences all over the world.”

Gary Barber of MGM added: “We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.”

“As evidenced by the phenomenal success of our last collaboration with EON Productions and Sony, the incredible legacy of this 51-year-old franchise continues to amaze.”

Skyfall won two Oscars – singer Adele’s theme song of the same name won best original song and there was an award for sound editing.

It was also named the outstanding British film by Bafta.

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