29/05/2013 04:57 BST | Updated 28/07/2013 06:12 BST

Sam Mendes In Dramatic U-Turn On Next James Bond Film - Skyfall Director WILL Return!

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.

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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