Daniel Craig will be back to save the world next year, as the 23rd Bond film finally gets an official release date.
It’s been a long time coming, largely due to something of a financial crisis over at the MGM studios, but Bond is officially back on track. Daniel Craig will return as the Martini-toting secret agent, and we can fairly safely assume that we’ll see Judi Dench reprise the character of M.
It has also been confirmed that Sam Mendes is still signed on to direct. Mendes’ previous directorial credits include the likes of The Kite Runner and Road to Perdition, and his directorial debut, American Beauty, bagged him five Oscars and six BAFTA awards. Pretty impressive, eh?
It’s fair to say that 007 fans will be excited to see what happens as this critically acclaimed director shakes (not stirs…) up the classic Bond-film formula. So far, very little has been given away about the script itself, aside from the fact that it has been written by regular Bond collaborators Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have also been joined by Gladiator writer, John Logan.
Conveniently, the release of this film will tie in with 2012’s year-long celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the very first Bond film, the infamous Dr. No.
Which names do think would suit the film? ‘The Hildebrand Rarity’ is an Ian Fleming Bond short story that hasn’t yet been used yet, (so far 5/9 titles from the Bond short story collection have been used).
The 23rd Bond film is scheduled for release on the 9th November 2012.