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New James Bond movie to be directed by Sam Mendes

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It has been announced that acclaimed British director Sam Mendes will be in charge of the next James Bond movie, which is due to be released in the UK on the 23, October 2015 and in the US on the 6, November 2015.

Mendes, who has already directed the last 007 film 'Skyfall', is currently involved in the West End production of Roald Dahl's much-loved children's book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', as well as in Shakespeare's 'King Lear' at the National Theatre. In the past, the award-winning director never made a mystery of the fact that he wasn't keen on returning to work on the James Bond saga, as the thought of a future 007 movie alone only months ago made him feel "physically ill".

However, his stint on stage must have recharged him enough to embark once again into the mammoth production. He declared yesterday: "I'm very much looking forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time. 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."

The new James Bond flick is expected to match the success of the last 007 installment, Skyfall, which not only grossed a record £700m worldwide and over £100m in the UK alone, but was also awarded the prestigious BAFTA for outstanding British film and best film music, two Academy Awards for best sound editing and best original song, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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