Although it was never stated that Sam Mendes, director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition, had left Bond 23, but neither was it confirmed that he was still attached. But now comes the news from bond producer herself Barbara Broccoli that Mendes is definitely still attached to the movie.

“Sam is doing the next Bond film and we’ll all be in England if that happens,” she said. “It’s such a massive commitment for him and it’s not fair for him to commute backwards and forwards to New York from London. It would be impossible. The children will be there with me.
Broccoli also confirmed that the film will begin shooting at the end of 2011 and that her and Mendes have already begun casting discussions. It is really satisfying to see the ball finally rolling on the next installment in one of my favourite, and I’m sure many others, film franchise. I hope it manages to deliver after the long wait.