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Director Sam Mendes 'in discussions' over new 007 film

Filmmaker Sam Mendes is rumoured to be in discussions over directing another James Bond film despite saying he would not return to the franchise after his success with Skyfall.

Director Sam Mendes (R) with Daniel Craig at a photocall for Skyfall, in London
Director Sam Mendes (R) with Daniel Craig at a photocall for Skyfall, in London Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The Oscar-winner originally turned down the chance to make the next instalment saying he wanted his "complete focus" to be on his theatre work, including productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and King Lear in London.

But a plan that would see work on the next Bond film delayed, to allow Mendes to see the theatre productions through, is now being discussed according to sources close to the star.

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LEGO enthusiasts recreate Casino Royale opening scene

The opening scene to the James Bond film Casino Royale has been meticulously recreated using LEGO characters.

The three-minute clip was produced by Bricktease, a group of LEGO enthusiasts, and posted online.

A member of the team revealed that the production took around two weekends, most of which was spent reproducing the bathroom fight scene.

The video has generated a hugely positive reaction and received over 13,000 views on YouTube.

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Danny Boyle rules out directing James Bond film

Danny Boyle has ruled himself out of directing the next 007 film stating that he has already made a “mini Bond film already”.

The 55-year-old was the creative director of the Olympic Opening ceremony, which featured James Bond star Daniel Craig jumping out of a helicopter with the Queen.

Danny Boyle has ruled out directing a James Bond film. Credit: PA

Speaking at the premiere of his new film Trance, Boyle revealed that he loves the “freedom” of working without the constraints that accompanies a big franchise like the Bond films.

The director said: "It's not for me. I like working under the radar a bit more, so you can take risks”

Film company MGM announced yesterday that it expects to release the new James Bond movie within three years, and will announce a new director "soon" after Skyfall film-maker Sam Mendes declined the chance to return.

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No more Bond for Mendes: Director says Skyfall to be only Bond film

James Bond will return but it will be without director Sam Mendes according to Empire magazine reports.

The American Beauty director had already said that he would only do a single Bond movie and despite Skyfall's massive success it seems he will not be returning to the franchise.

Sam Mendes at the Baftas earlier this year
Sam Mendes at the Baftas earlier this year Credit: Hubert Boesl/DPA/Press Association Images

Empire quotes Mendes as saying; “It has been a very difficult decision not to accept Michael and Barbara’s very generous offer to direct the next Bond movie.

"Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond."

James Bond films to be 'saluted' in Oscars ceremony

News of a 007 sequence in the Oscars ceremony has sparked rumours of a nomination for Skyfall
News of a 007 sequence in the Oscars ceremony has sparked rumours of a nomination for Skyfall

The 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise will be celebrated in a 007-themed sequence at this year's Oscars ceremony in February.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.

There are 23 official Bond films to date, making it the longest-running and, with the exception of Harry Potter, most financially successful film franchise in history.

The announcement has fuelled rumours that the latest 007 movie, Skyfall, which broke the $1 billion mark at the box office, is in line for a best picture nomination.

Bond's Skyfall is first film to make £100m at UK box office

Skyfall, the latest James Bond adventure, has become the first picture to make £100m in UK cinemas, the film's publicists said.

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Incredible news: #SKYFALL has now taken £100,460,679 at the UK box office, the first film in box office history to cross the £100m mark!

James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar made around £93 million in UK box offices in 2010.

Skyfall becomes the UK's highest earning film ever

James Bond hit Skyfall has become the highest grossing film ever at the UK box office.

In just 40 days it has taken £94.28 million to surpass the previous record-holder Avatar.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Credit: Undated United Artists Corporation handout

James Cameron's Avatar took £94.03 million over an 11-month period following its release in late 2009.

The James Bond movie series celebrated a milestone this year with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie Dr No in October.

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