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James Bond director Sam Mendes begins filming for his new World War I epic 1917 in Glasgow

James Bond director Sam Mendes was seen on set for the first time on Tuesday, as filming began for his new World War One epic 1917.

The Oscar-winner, 53, arrived at the Govan Graving Docks, Glasgow to direct the much-anticipated film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden and Colin Firth.

The film follows two British soldiers over the course of a single day at the height of World War I, and will hope to follow in the footsteps of other successful war films, such as Saving Private Ryan and Dunkirk. 

Cosy: James Bond director Sam Mendes was seen on set for the first time on Tuesday, as filming began for his new World War One epic 1917

Cosy: James Bond director Sam Mendes was seen on set for the first time on Tuesday, as filming began for his new World War One epic 1917

Sam cut a casual figure as he arrived to direct the latest scenes, though many of the film’s stars were nowhere to be seen.

The acclaimed director appeared to be filming at an abandoned building, perhaps to replicate the damage done during the so-called Great War, which ended in 1918.

Sam’s next picture comes after he won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on The Ferryman, though he was not in attendance for the ceremony.

Changed: The Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow were transported back to the early 20th Century to film scenes for the epic

Changed: The Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow were transported back to the early 20th Century to film scenes for the epic

Acclaimed: Sam has taken the helm as director for the picture, his first since the divisive Spectre in 2015

Acclaimed: Sam has taken the helm as director for the picture, his first since the divisive Spectre in 2015

At work: The British star's appearance also came after he won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on The Ferryman

At work: The British star’s appearance also came after he won a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on The Ferryman

Dark: 1917 tells the tale of two young British soldiers over one day at the height of the First World War, and was first scheduled to start filming in April

Dark: 1917 tells the tale of two young British soldiers over one day at the height of the First World War, and was first scheduled to start filming in April

1917 tells the tale of two young British soldiers (played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George McKay) over a single day at the height of the First World War, and was first scheduled to start filming in April.

Produced by Stephen Spielberg, the picture boasts a star-studded cast including Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Andrew Scott. 

This is not Sam’s first time directing a war film, as he also fronted the 2005 biopic Jarhead, based on the memoir of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford.

While it is unclear which key event will be replicated in the film, 1917 was defined as the year in which the war began to turn in the favour of the British and French allies.

Lavish: Produced by Stephen Spielberg, the picture boasts a star-studded cast including Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Andrew Scott

Lavish: Produced by Stephen Spielberg, the picture boasts a star-studded cast including Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Andrew Scott

Icon: This is not Sam's first time directing a war film, as he also fronted the 2005 biopic Jarhead, based on the memoir of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford

Icon: This is not Sam’s first time directing a war film, as he also fronted the 2005 biopic Jarhead, based on the memoir of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford

Acclaimed: Sam has earned plenty of critical acclaim for his directing, and won an Academy Award in 2000 for his work on American Beauty

Acclaimed: Sam has earned plenty of critical acclaim for his directing, and won an Academy Award in 2000 for his work on American Beauty

History: While it is unclear which key event will be replicated in the film, 1917 was defined as the year in which the war turned in the favour of the British and French allies

History: While it is unclear which key event will be replicated in the film, 1917 was defined as the year in which the war turned in the favour of the British and French allies

Make way: An actor dressed in period military attire was seen walking across the rubble strewn set

Make way: An actor dressed in period military attire was seen walking across the rubble strewn set

Make way: An actor dressed in period military attire was seen walking across the rubble strewn set

Plenty to talk about: Members of the production team gathered round the actor as they passed the time between takes

Plenty to talk about: Members of the production team gathered round the actor as they passed the time between takes

The year followed 1916’s Battle Of The Somme, which claimed one million lives and has become known as one of the deadliest battles in human history. 

The end of 1917 also saw the Battle of Cambrai, which killed around 90,000 soldiers, and though the British were at first successful, a German counter-attack led to both sides reclaiming a small amount of captured territory.

Sam has earned plenty of critical acclaim for his directing, and won an Academy Award in 2000 for his work on American Beauty.

The British star was praised for James Bond’s 23rd film Skyfall, though Spectre earned a more divided reception from fans. 

1917 will be released on 25th December 2019 in the US, and 10th January 2020 in the UK. 

Here we go: Smoke billowed across the set as the production team readied themselves for another scene

Here we go: Smoke billowed across the set as the production team readied themselves for another scene

Damage done: A shattered window reflected the grim battle scene being filmed below

Damage done: A shattered window reflected the grim battle scene being filmed below

Damage done: A shattered window reflected the grim battle scene being filmed below 

Out soon: 1917 will be released on 25th December 2019 in the US, and 10th January 2020 in the UK

Out soon: 1917 will be released on 25th December 2019 in the US, and 10th January 2020 in the UK

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