Sam Mendes confirmed for Bond 24 in 2015

After much speculation, director Sam Mendes has been officially confirmed for Bond 24 .

Following on from the success of Skyfall , the highest-grossing film in the franchise, Mendes is returning to helm his second Bond flick, which is scheduled for release on 23 October 2015. Daniel Craig will return to star.

It’s yet another ENORMOUS film in the 2015 line-up, with The Avengers 2 , Star Wars: Episode VII , Terminator 5 , Ant-Man , The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Finding Dory among the titles hitting multiplexes.

Mendes said in a statement, "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 . I very much look forward to taking up the reins again, and to working with Daniel Craig, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for a second time.”

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli added, “"Following the extraordinary success of Skyfall , we're really excited to be working once again with Daniel Craig, Sam Mendes and John Logan.”

We’re chuffed to see Mendes return, as in Skyfall he managed to celebrate Bond’s defining traits while bringing the franchise bang up to date.

Bond 24 is set to open in the UK on 23 October 2015, before opening in the US on 6 November 2015.

Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.