Next James Bond Movie To Hit Theaters November 9, 2012

Daniel Craig

It’s official: MGM has announced that the next film in the James Bond franchise is a go and will see a worldwide premiere on November 9, 2012, Deadline is reporting. Daniel Craig will reprise the role he last played 2008’s Quantum of Solace, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes will direct. It’s a minor miracle the next 007 installment is getting off the ground: the film has long been in limbo.

Craig hasn’t exactly been laying on his couch eating Cheetos waiting for MGM to call him: he’s been at work on David Fincher‘s U.S. remake of the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and co-starred with Harrison Ford in the upcoming sci-fi western Cowboys and Aliens. (And, reportedly, he even found time for a little winter-time romance with Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz.)

Deadline says that Bond 23, as the film is currently called, will need to find a distributor (MGM may not be it) and start casting. There have been hints that British stage actor Simon Russell Beale is being courted for a role.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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