Bond 24 arriving in 2015, Sam Mendes returning to direct

Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig

The saga surrounding Sam Mendes’ on-off involvement with the next instalment in the James Bond franchise has drawn to a close today with the news that the Skyfall director will reunite with leading man Daniel Craig to helm the 24th entry in the long-running spy series.

“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“, said Mendes, who is currently directing a West End musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “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.”

Bond 24 will see Mendes reuniting Skyfall screenwriter John Logan, and the film will hit UK cinemas on October 23rd, 2015 ahead of a North American release on November 6th, 2015. Between 007′s next outing and the likes of The Avengers 2, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Jurassic Park IV, Independence Day 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II, Finding Dory and Kung Fu Panda 3, 2015 really is shaping up to be the year of the blockbuster sequel.