Director Sam Mendes has discussed his plans for the new James Bond film, due for release in 2015. The long awaited sequel to Skyfall will again feature Daniel Craig in the iconic role and director Mendes has said that the next film will follow on from where that movie ended. In fact, it was the chance to finish what he started that led him to sign on for another installment.

“I started a number of stories that were incomplete. I cast a new M, I cast a new Moneypenny, I cast a new Q (Ben Wishaw), I cast a new Tanner,” Mendes told The Charlie Rose Show. “There was a missing piece now. I felt like there was a way to create the second part of a two-part story.”

Mendes continued, picking the elements of Skyfall he is particularly proud of: “What we tried to do, and audiences seemed to embrace in Skyfall, was that for the first time characters were allowed to age, and they were allowed to acknowledge the passing of the years, and were allowed to acknowledge the history – in a kind of sly, mischievous way – the history of the franchise that they’ve been part of.”

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have set a release date of October 23, 2015 for the next film in the series, with Skyfall co-writer John Logan on board again to pen the screenplay. Though the forthcoming film will be Craig’s fourth appearance as 007, he’ll still trail Roger Moore, who starred in seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985, and Sean Connery, who notched up six Bond appearances between 1962 and 1971. Pierce Brosnan has also played Bond four times, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2002. (via NME)