Guy Ritchie in talks to helm new James Bond film

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Filmmaker Guy Ritchie has reportedly been shortlisted to directed the next instalment of the James Bond film series.

After Ritchie's ex-wife Madonna flew into London this week for the start of son Rocco's school term, the director was slammed for leaving for LA.

It is reported now that Ritchie was meeting film execs to discuss the new James Bond movie.

The director behind 'Snatch' and 'Sherlock Holmes' is set to meet with 007 producer Michael G Wilson out there, reported Daily Mirror.

"Guy has moved up the shortlist and is now the front runner. He's meeting Michael this week to try to do a deal and see if they can agree on a shared vision for the film," a source said.

Following on from the success of last year's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E', Ritchie, 48, caught the attention of the Bond team who are looking for a replacement after Sam Mendes, who directed the last two Bonds, stepped down.

"Guy is under serious consideration for Bond 25 and this LA trip should help take this further. He doesn't have Sam's artistry, but Guy is a fast-paced, stunt-based director, who knows his stuff," the source added.
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