It looks like James Bond will have his 'Skyfall' director, Sam Mendes, at the helm of the next film - currently tagged 'Bond 24' - after all.

The Oscar-winning Brit had initially walked away from the 007 franchise, saying he was too busy, and no doubt thinking he'd done enough with his record-breaking efforts on 'Skyfall' - which broke British box office records, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Bond in style.

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Mendes is much loved by his James Bond team - Michael Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig

Other names in the frame included Christopher Nolan, an acknowledged master of the intelligent action blockbuster after the Dark Knight trilogy and 'Inception'.

But now the Daily Mail reports that Mendes has been persuaded back for the next film, with star Daniel Craig, and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, all working their charms on Mr Mendes and re-recruiting him for another mission.

Mendes already has a couple of significant projects on his roster. He is steering a huge production of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' onto the West End stage, and will follow this with a stint at the National, directing Simon Russell Beale in 'King Lear'.

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    Daniel Craig arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) shakes hands with British actor Daniel Craig (L) as Craig's wife British actress Rachel Weisz (L) at the royal world premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) meets British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Judi Dench (C) as she arrives with the Prince of Wales to attend the royal world premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2R) meet British actors Daniel Craig (L) and Judi Dench (2L) as they arrive to attend the royal world premiere of the James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Tulisa Contostavlos attends the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and Camila, Duchess of Cornwall (R), greet members of the crowd as they arrive to attend the royal world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Valentino attends the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Jade Ellis, Tulisa Contostavlos, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Jade Ellis, Tulisa Contostavlos, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan attend the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall meet James Bond actor Daniel Craig (left) and Dame Judi Dench (2nd left) as they arrive for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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    John Logan arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Naomie Harris arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Emeli Sande and husband Adam arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    (Centre left to right) Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Daniel Craig arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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    Chris Evans and wife Natasha arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bond. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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    Tulisa Contastavlos with Lucy Spraggan, Ella Henderson and Jade Ellis arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Kelly Brook arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    District3 arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Victoria Pendleton arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Victoria Pendleton arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    His Royal Highness The Prince of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Lucy Spraggan arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Tulisa Contostavlos arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Jade Ellis arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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    Victoria Pendleton arriving for the Royal World Premeire of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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