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Guy Ritchie is the most likely contender to direct the next James Bond film, according to bookmakers William Hill.

Following the news that Sam Mendes will not return to direct Bond 24, there has been widespread speculation about who could direct next.

Ritchie, who most recently directed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was named the 4/1 favourite by William Hill.

Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first Bond outing GoldenEye, was the second favourite with 9/1, while Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg were next in line with 9/1 and 10/1 odds respectively.

Ritchie has expressed interest in directing a third instalment in his Sherlock Holmes series, which stars Robert Downey Jr as the detective, but nothing has yet been confirmed.

The top ten contenders were listed as follows:

4/1 Guy Ritchie, 6/1 Martin Campbell, 9/1 Martin Scorsese, 10/1 Steven Spielberg, 20/1 Ang Lee, 25/1 Ridley Scott, 25/1 James Cameron, 33/1 Clint Eastwood, 33/1 Quentin Tarantino, 50/1 Tim Burton

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