Sam Mendes, the husband of British Oscar winner Kate Winslet, is reportedly eyeing up the next James Bond film.
Making it the 23rd installment of the thriller series, the next film is due to be released in 2011, with production beginning this June.
Hollywood hunk Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as the secret agent, following his successful stints in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
If Sam does take on the directorial role, it will be his first action project since 2005's Jarhead.
The British star married The Reader actress Kate in 2003.