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Fear not, tired movie bums: 'Spectre' won't be the longest Bond movie ever (Sam Mendes says so)

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Last month, there were a flurry of news reports saying that the new James Bond movie, 'Spectre', will be the longest 007 movie ever, which means it would beat the bum-numbing length of 2006's 'Casino Royale', which came in at 145 minutes. So, we asked the film's director Sam Mendes (who also made 'Skyfall') to clarify the issue for us. 'I don’t know where that came from,' he told us from the edit suite where he's hurriedly putting the final touches to the film – so he should know. 'At the moment it’s exactly the same length as "Skyfall". Whether that means it’s the longest, I don’t know. But, no, it’s almost to the second the same length as "Skyfall".' 'Skyfall' was 143 minutes, so Mendes is right: 'Spectre' might end up being the second-longest Bond film ever – but definitely not the longest. More importantly, Sam, will it be any good? He laughs. 'Yes, it's good, I like it!' Well, that's a relief.

Now we've got that cleared up, who will be the next James Bond?

'Spectre' opens in UK cinemas on Monday October 26.

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