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Sam Mendes returning to direct 24th Bond film

3:48 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Records shows the official theme song by Adele to the latest James Bond 007 feature film, "Skyfall." After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. (AP Photo/Columbia Records)
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NEW YORK (AP) - Sam Mendes is coming back to direct another James Bond film with Daniel Craig following the enormously successful Skyfall.

The British director Mendes had said earlier that Skyfall would be his lone entry in the 007 canon, but Bond producers and Sony Pictures announced his return Thursday.

Mendes recently debuted an adaptation of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory in London. He's also mounting King Lear for the National Theatre.

Mendes says in a statement "that by giving me the time I need to honor all my theater commitments, the producers have made it possible for me to direct Bond 24."

The as-yet-titled Bond film is scheduled to be released in fall 2015. The script is by Skyfall screenwriter John Logan.

Released last year, Skyfall made more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

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