Sam Mendes has confirmed reports suggesting he is in talks to direct the follow-up to hit Bond film Skyfall.

The moviemaker insisted he would not be back for Bond 24 shortly after the release of the last film in the 007 film franchise, which became the most successful in series history - but now it appears he's softening to offers from producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

At the London premiere of his new theatrical reworking of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday (25Jun13), Mendes revealed he hasn't ruled out a return to the world of Bond.

Asked if he would be making the next Bond film, he said, "I don't know yet. I'm in discussions over the 'B' word (Bond), and I won't make a decision until this (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is open."

The only certainty about the new Bond movie is Daniel Craig will be back as the superspy, while reports suggest Penelope Cruz is being courted as a Bond girl. Cruz is married to Javier Bardem, who played villain Silva in Skyfall.