New rumours this morning on the return of Bond – James Bond…

Out of all the franchises and sequels in and around the multiplexes during this year – whether it’s superheroes, car racers or apes taking over the planet – there’s one big series that is missing: 007. Yes, England’s greatest spy has been away from cinemas for almost two years now and while that’s not unusual, everything in regards to the future of James Bond is up in the air.

First, star Daniel Craig has been decided cryptic about whether or not he will be returning for Bond 25 (his fifth outing as the title character) and has yet to say one way or another. Then, a bigger reason for the uncertainty about the series is to do with the rights, which have expired with MGM and EON Productions and the company, headed by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, are looking for new distributors.

Paul McGuigan

But there may be some news on the next installment if new rumours are to be believed with reports suggesting that a director may have already been considered. Paul McGuigan, who has directed episodes of Sherlock as well as features such as Lucky Number Slevin and Push, has is reportedly in line to take over helming duties on the new film.

In fact, the director has just finished on Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool for Broccoli and Wilson, who are reportedly very pleased with the film, and as such has shot up the list of potential directors for Bond. Whether or not this comes to fruition remains to be seen, but we have our first candidate for sure.

Previous film, Spectre, was released in 2015 and starred Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Andrew Scott and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld opposite Craig. Sam Mendes returned as director and the film grossed over $880million worldwide.