MGM had stated this fall that audiences could expect the next Bond adventure in November 2012, but this is the first time the company has given a firm date for the film. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the co-chairmen and chief executive officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, announced the film's release date, also confirming what has long been suspected: James Bond 23" film will unite Daniel Craig -- playing Bond for the third time following stints in 2006's "Casino Royale" and 2008's "Quantum of Solace" -- with director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road to Perdition").
There's no word on the film's plot, title or who else might star (hopefully Dame Judi Dench), but there is already a script, which was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.
At the very least, Bond fans can breath a sigh of relief. MGM's financial woes had thrown the future of the 007 franchise into serious doubt, with some industry insiders predicting that it could be the better part of a decade before James once again ordered a martini (shaken or stirred -- does he looks like he gives a damn?) on the big screen. But thanks to some nifty financial restructuring on MGM's part, that wait is now down to less than two years, ensuring that Craig -- who's raw take on 007 has reinvigorated the franchise -- will return for at least one more go-around as Bond.
Are you excited that Craig and Mendes are teaming for "Bond 23"... and that if finally has an official release date?