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Daniel Craig Offically Back As 007, New Bond Set For November 9, 2012; Sam Mendes Directing

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 11, 2011 8:03 AM
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With "The Hobbit" now all set to go in front of cameras, MGM is now prepping another one of their bonafide franchises for a return to cinemas.

Daniel Craig is officially back as 007 in the currently untitled "James Bond 23" with Sam Mendes directing. The news follows burbles late in 2010 that had composer David Arnold revealing that the project was "back on" and Kate Winslet dropping that Sam Mendes was indeed going to be directing. The picture's development, as everyone knows by now, was stalled due to MGM's bankruptcy but now that they are over that hump and fresh with a bit of cash to spend, things are moving forward. They will not be releasing the film themselves and they are apparently in talks with several studios to take on those duties with Paramount and Sony said to be lead contenders.

A title and plot details are currently under wraps, but the project has a script by Neal Purvis ("The World Is Not Enough"), Robert Wade and John Logan ("The Aviator," "Hugo Cabret"). Peter Morgan who was attached in early development left the project last year.

The news likely means that David Fincher won't be able to immediately follow up "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" with its sequel, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," something the director himself indicated in recent interviews, saying that Craig's commitment to Bond would likely mean the follow-up film would be a way off.

"James Bond 23" will hit theaters on November 9, 2012. Production on the film starts in late 2011.

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  • Walter Horton | June 29, 2011 1:17 AMReply

    ...'bout doggone time! Let's not have any more of these kinds of delays..., OK!



  • Amir Syarif Siregar | January 12, 2011 12:24 AMReply

    This news just made my day! Daniel Craig is the best Bond (yes, you heard that, Sean Connery) and Sam Mendes is one of the best directors around. Going to be the best Bond movie ever? Possibly!

  • Drew | January 11, 2011 11:08 AMReply

    While exciting, it would have been even awesomer (you heard me) had Peter Morgan stuck around. Sad face.

  • RichieG2911 | January 11, 2011 10:06 AMReply

    Not to have incredibly high expectations, but with Sam Mendes directing I'm expecting this to be the best James Bond film ever! Ok...maybe a little high in expectations........

  • starway2001 | January 11, 2011 9:10 AMReply

    This means David Fincher can direct "20,000 Leagues" while Craig is shooting bond.

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