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 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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