The Skyfall director will be responsible for selecting several awards, including the Golden Lion for best film and Silver Lion for best director.

"I'm very honoured to have been asked by (festival director Alberto) Barbera to lead the International Jury for Venezia 73," the Skyfall and Spectre director says. "I've always had a strong personal connection with Venice; as a student I worked for three months at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection way back in 1984, and my happiest film festival memory is launching Road To Perdition at Venice in 2002. I am thoroughly delighted to be coming back to the Lido this year and welcoming a wealth of international filmmaking talent."

The festival runs from 31 August to 10 September (16).