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

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

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