Forster on Bond duty with Craig

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Marc Forster has signed on to direct the next installment in the James Bond franchise for Columbia Pictures and MGM (HR 6/20).

The film will pick up where last year's "Casino Royale," the highest-grossing film ever in the Bond series, left off. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Agent 007 in the film.

The German-born hel-mer said he always has been a Bond fan and is looking forward to taking on the iconic hero. "The new direction that the Bond character has taken offers a director a host of new possibilities," he said.

Forster will team with Paul Haggis on a draft of Neil Purvis and Robert Wade's screenplay.
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