Martin Campbell has been named as the director of the 21stfilm in the James Bond series - which will be called Casino Royale.
It is Campbell's second outing as director of a James Bondfilm. In 1995 he directed Goldeneye, thefirst 007 film to star Pierce Brosnan.
However,no decision has yet been made on who will replace Brosnan as Bond.
The news was announced by Michael G. Wilson and BarbaraBroccoli, producers of the James Bond films, and MGM. Casino Royale, which is also the name of a spoof spy movie thatoriginally starred David Niven in 1967, will be released in 2006. The rights to Casino Royale are owned by Sony, which is in the process of completing its takeover of MGM.
Campbell is currently finishing filming Legend Of Zorro, the sequel to The Mask Of Zorro, and afterwards will work on the development of thescript with writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
MGM vice chairman and COO Chris McGurk said: 'Martin isan incredibly exciting filmmaker. Goldeneyeis a wonderful movie and helped reinvigorate the Bond franchise. We're thrilledto have him back to direct the newest Bond.'
Born in New Zealand, Campbell moved to England in 1966 andmade his directorial debut on the TV series The Professionals and Minder. He moved to America in 1986 to direct Criminal Law and Defenseless. Following Goldeneye, he went on to direct TheMask Of Zorro, Vertical Limit and BeyondBorders.