Sam Mendes, the director of the new James Bond film Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as 007, has hinted that he is more than happy to take the reigns for Bond number 24.

Speaking to Time Out, Mendez said, "I've enjoyed it enough to do it again. I think the choice is in the audience's hands. If people love the movie and they want to see another one from the same people who brought you Skyfall, then that would mean a lot to me. I would feel like, 'Well, actually there are people who really want to see it'." Given the positive response to the film so far, were sure a lot of people would like to see him return. For such a British institution, it may come as a surprise that Mendes, 47, is the first British director to take the reigns of a Bond film since 1999's The World Is Not Enough. Mendes plied his trade as a theatre director, before breaking into film with American Beauty, winner of five Oscars in 2000.

But don't go thinking Mendes will latch onto the Bond franchise and bleed it dry for all it's worth, whilst simultaneously jeopardising his artistic integrity, no; he'll only do it if it's worth it. "I feel like I've put everything I want to do with a Bond movie into this Bond movie. I would have to feel the same again to do another one. So, it would take a lot of thought to try and make it as special to me as this. I'm knackered, but I've loved it."