Ooh, big news. I thought Mendes was almost certainly in the chair for the next Bond, but it's not to be. Given Skyfall's performance, it's a question of what direction they want Bond to take. They never bring in truly big names for Bond, so it's intriguing to speculate who they'll choose.
Tom Hooper (The Damned United/The King's Speech/Les Miserables), might make a good choice. Classy, solid, adaptable, and more concerned with putting the project across as best as possible rather than stamping his identity over it.
Plus he shows a keen eye for the visuals - anyone who can make a film about Leeds United interesting to look at knows a thing or two. Pair him with Roger Deakins (hopefully - Skyfall looked amazing), and that could well be a winner.