Today MGM issued a concise but definite press release confirming that Bond 23 is definitely back on and will be in theaters November 9, 2012 with Daniel Craig back as James Bond for his third tour of duty and Sam Mendes directing the yet-unnamed installment. Franchise veteran writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are executing the top-secret script along with John Logan (GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR).
Expect Dame Judi Dench to reprise her role as Bond’s superior and head of MI6, and unconfirmed reports indicate casting for Bond 23 will begin very soon if preliminary meetings aren’t already taking place, including actor Russell Beale who recently drew Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to see him twice in a West End stage production of Deathtrap.
Below is the brief MGM press release from earlier today, via Slashfilm:
BOND 23 RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED
LOS ANGELES, CA (JANUARY 11, 2011) – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will commence production in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.
Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.
Daniel Craig will next appear on-screen as mystery man Jake Lonergan in Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of the genre-bending COWBOYS & ALIENS co-starring Harrison Ford and TRON LEGACY’s Olivia Wilde, landing in theaters July 29. 2011.