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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 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.