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Sam Mendes, Kate Winslet Straight from the home of James Bond comes the news that British director Sam Mendes will helm the 23rd Bond film, with Daniel Craig once again in the starring role.

That’s great news, since the Oscar winner has either directed and/or produced such films as “Revolutionary Road,” “The Kite Runner,” and “American Beauty.” It’s a given that any James Bond film will include plenty of action, but with Mendes on board, it will most likely be a thoughtful film, too.

Mendes, of course, is married to actress Kate Winslet (hmmm, could she score a starring role in the movie? that would be interesting!), and according to The Hollywood Reporter, his participation is contingent on the final script and production schedule.

Despite a possible sale of MGM, the film is being fast-tracked and could begin production as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release.

Fast Facts:

Bond 23 is being written by regular Bond duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon" scribe Peter Morgan.

Daniel Craig will play 007 for the third time, with Dame Judi Dench returning as MI6 chief ‘M’. David Arnold will compose his sixth 007 movie score.

It will be produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson under EON Productions.

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