Sam Mendes could be heading back to Bond despite saying he would not sign up to make the next film after his success with Skyfall.
The Oscar-winner originally turned down the chance to make the next instalment in 007's adventures to concentrate on his theatre work, but is now believed to back in discussions with producers.
Earlier this year, the director said he wanted his "complete focus" to be on his stage work including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear in London.
But a plan that would see work on the next Bond film delayed so Sam can see the theatre productions through before starting work is now being discussed, sources close to the star said.
Skyfall was a critical and commercial success, picking up five Oscar nominations and winning two, including one for Adele for original song, and Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said she is determined to tempt Sam back.
Ajay Chowdhury, from the James Bond International Fan Club, said fans would rejoice if Sam did return.
He said: "Other directors have also been mentioned including Christopher Nolan and Ang Lee which suggest another high calibre entry to the Rolls-Royce of film franchises.
"Whoever is chosen, Bond fans have every reason to keep faith with Albert R Broccoli's Eon Productions. News that a new Bond is on its way sooner rather than later is like hearing the perfect purr of an Aston Martin engine."