James Bond back in service with Daniel Craig, Nov. 2012 release date

Sam-Mendes-bondImage Credit: Karen Ballard; David Gabber/PR PhotosJames Bond’s vacation is over.

After the financial wrangling over the fate of MGM led the family that produces the 007 films to halt development of their 23rd installment last year, the project is back on track with plans for a Nov. 9, 2012 release date, MGM confirms to EW. (Deadline first reported the story.)

Daniel Craig will return for his third run as the superspy. What was more in question was whether Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, who had been attached to the movie before it was put on hiatus, would still be participating. 

The announcement today from MGM and EON Productions confirms Mendes will remain as the filmmaker, with a script from Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. EON is run by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, children of the late producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, who launched the franchise with Sean Connery’s Dr. No in 1962.

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  • Devomblr.tumblr.com

    Best news I’ve read all day!

    • Sadie

      Agreed.

      • A.F. for EW

        I second that emotion! Welcome back, 007! You’ve been away too long!

    • Nathan

      Thank God, the best Bond since Connery is finally back in action!!!

      • Cygnus

        I’m still mentally scarred from the ball busting in Casino Royale. I can’t look at Craig the same way ever again.

      • Lily

        Totally agree Nathan. Sean Connery is and will always be Bond #1 – but Daniel rocks also: His Casino Royale is one of the BEST Bond films ever!!

      • Carly

        I concur Nathan! :-)

      • Voodoo

        *cough* Pierce Brosnan *cough*

      • Chip

        I agree with Voodoo Pierce Brosnan played a good Bond.

      • RaWeezy

        I guess it’s who you grew up watching as Bond, for me its Pierce Brosnan. wasn’t impressed when they replaced him with DC, but i enjoyed Casino Royale,Quantam of Solace not so much

      • The big O

        Suspense, looking around the movies, yeh replace Bosnian with Craig.

    • Delon

      Quantum of Solace: the most boring Bond film ever!

      • stickittotheman

        Totally agree.

  • JPX

    Fantastic news!

  • Frank Anderson

    Yes! I can’t wait to see another Bond flick!

  • robinepowell

    This is really good news. I like Daniel Craig’s Bond. I can hope he can beat out Roger Moore and earn the title of the playing that role the longest. ;)

    Roger Moore did seven, which means Daniel Craig would have to do eight. :)

    • Joe

      it’s not going to happen, I’ve read reports somewhere that Daniel is done after 4 as he wants to do other types of characters. What I would like to see is Christopher Nolan handle the next bond, I’m guessing that would be AWESOME!

      • Manuel Nogueira

        Great news indeed! I was loosing my hopes of ever seeing Craig as Bond again. Pitty, though, that bit about the four films limit. I also was hoping he would beat Moore’s record of Bond films made. Love the idea of Christopher Nolan directing a Bond flick, that would indeed be awesome!!!Man, the genius who gave us Inception and The Dark Knight getting his hands on the Bond universe?! Never mind awesome, it would be mindblowing!!!

      • jk

        Would be awesome, but unlikely.

    • Magic_Al

      Moore’s instinct was to quit after For Your Eyes Only but they convinced him to stay, and honestly Moore’s last two should have been Dalton’s first two (and then Dalton might have had four turns). Craig started at a younger age than Moore, and theoretically could have 7 Bond films before he turns 50. But I suspect that the Brosnan precedent of four and goodbye will be the norm under current management.

  • Semaphore

    I can’t wait till the Craig era is over and we get back to a fun Bond.

    • googie

      I agree!

    • DMR

      Disagree…

    • Stevex

      Nah, “fun” Bond was clownish Bond, let’s keep with the grownup realism of Craig

    • m

      someone is dense and hasn’t figured out that james bond is just a codename

      in every movie there is a reference to it being just a code name

      and in fact every movie takes place chronologically

      • PD100

        Then how do you explain the continuity from film to film? In ‘For Your Eyes Only’, Roger Moore’s Bond visits the grave of his dead wife, who married Bond and was killed during Lazenby’s stint as the character. You have an interesting theory, but they’re obviously meant to be the same guy.

      • Blofeld

        Umm, yeah, that was the idea for the 1967 spoof version of “Casino Royale” with Woody Allen and Peter Sellers….

      • Alicia

        I love the 1967 version of “Casino Royale.” It is great fun. I realize that Peter Sellers was a handful in that movie but he was great, and very sexy, as the “Bond” who went up against Orson Welles’ La Chiffre.

      • Paul

        Kim Mobbs – Our girls Thanks so much Aunty T You have no idea, i know we will always cerhish these Sister photos and the girls will definately appreciate them so much when they are older the sister bond with them will never be broken, you can see it when they are together. Always by each others side, forever You have no idea how much i love them and i could not thank you enough and really can’t wait to do more as they get older together xxApril 22, 2011 10:11 am

    • Nathan

      Sephamoron.

    • Cygnus

      The current bond matches the current era. We want a closer degree of realism in our super-spies, not the clowns and caricatures of previous Bonds. Perhaps the clown will come back when society is a little happier and more naive like yesteryear.

  • Zorin

    Cool news! Bring on Miss Moneypenny and Q. I miss them dearly!

    • Tony Nworah

      I agree

  • Mel

    Daniel Craig’s “Bond” got me excited about the franchise again. It’s been refreshing to see a rougher Bond.

    • Kate

      Daniel Craig gets me excited anytime! And I love his dark and tough take on Bond – I never liked the ‘jokey, spoofy’ movies.

  • Kiki

    Yay! Love Daniel Craig as Bond! I was afraid they would wait too long and lose him, so this is good news.

  • DavidJ

    I don’t know why they keep bothering with these “arty” directors all the time. The only good recent Bond movies (Goldeneye and Casino Royale) were directed by the guy who did freakin Mask of Zorro. lol

    • Perpetual

      Agreed. Martin Campbell has directed my two favorite Bond films since the Connery days. Bring him back!!

  • harry

    YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!

  • Alicia

    this is great news, though I admit I hated (HATED) “Quantum of Solace” I don’t blame Daniel Craig. He’s the best Bond ever, in my opinion. Best Bond movies, IMO, “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” and “Casino Royale.”

  • Kurt

    I love Bond, and am really excited about this. I’m glad Mendes is still attached, and John Logan being part of the screenwriting team is fantastic. It’s great they have a real pedigree behind the camera in this one.

    “Quantum of Solace” wasn’t perfect, but it was one of the few Bond movies that felt like a real film, and less workmanlike. I prefer Logan’s and Mendes’ work in general to Haggis’ and Forster’s, so I’m pretty stoked.

    • Alicia

      The problem for me was precisely that “Quantum of Solace” didn’t feel like a Bond film. Bond went so “dark” that he seemed indistinguishable from the villains. It was a mean-spirited movie (IMO) that lacked the heart of “Casino Royale.” “Casino Royale” was the first Bond movie in forever where I actually cared about Bond and worried for him. I realize “Quantum” was supposed to give us a vengeful Bond, but it just didn’t work for me.

      • Mike

        But It seems as though the filmmakers realized people didn’t care for Quantum like they did Casino so I could see them trying to switch it back to the way that was for the new one.

    • Rashy

      I agree, it was far from perfect but it was so well shot and very vivid with its background shots, a nice wrap to the excellent Casino. That’s all it set out to be. I don’t know why people serious rag on the movie so much. It never strived to be anything more to tie up loose ends.. Now let the real story begin!!!

  • Kirstin

    Will this affect him in “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?”

    • Selma

      that Bond’s read Chesterfield’s *Letters,* but Tiger Tanaka has to tell him who Basho was in *You Only Live Twice.*The one reference to the ethater in Fleming’s series comes in Quantum of Solace, where Bond is at a dreary dinner party in Nassau with a Canadian millionaire Harvey Miller and his wife, and she asks him about the ethater in London. Bond’s last experience with the stage, he muses, was five years before in Austria and it was part of an assignment, so he can’t satisfy her query very well. In *From Russia with Love,* Tatiana Romanova compares Bond to a film star which he doesn’t appreciate ( that’s the worst thing you can say to a man! ); she tries to make it up to him by saying that he reminds her of her favorite literary hero, Pechorin in Mikhail Lermontov’s *Hero of Our Time.*No Joyce, though!

  • rebecca

    Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Yessssss!!!!!!!! Best news of the the new year!!!!! Thank goodness!!! I miss James Bond movies!!!

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  • Richard

    Another Bond film with this “dead fish” poor-quality actor? Please! Most certainly not Ian Fleming’s Bond character in any sense. Why not stand up for decency and integrity by changing the name of the spy in these movies? Oh, the producers, etc. wouldn’t make as much money? Ah, I see.

    • jd

      If you have ever read the Bond books you would know that this is how he wrote bong… Strong, silent, toughe.

    • Brett

      Wow, Richard. I can’t believe how many ways in which you are wrong.

      • Richard

        I respect your opinion on the expressive range and acting skill of Daniel Craig. Just telling me I’m wrong is not useful, though. As far as “Fleming’s Bond”, a fully developed person with a fascinating complex of personal characteristics, I’d be interested to know how you feel about a director or screenwriter subtracting characteristics and adding ones that Fleming hadn’t thought of. Last but not least, am I wrong about the “Bond franchise” being a money-making machine? So, I have you confirmed as disagreeing with two of my three points. Maybe your “I can’t believe” remark was intended to imply that you had hoped someone would make you truly upset, and that I didn’t. (substitute few for many in your comment) Whew! Anyway, peace, health, and prosperity to you in this New Year – with or without James Bond!

      • M Anderson

        I will concede that the latest Bond movies are well made with the scenic locations, special effects and the much-needed gritty realism. However, Craig is not a Bond contender. If you were to watch the DVD special features, you will see that even Craig does not believe that he is Bond material. During an interview, he was asked what he thought when he received the phone call granting him the lead role, he admits he laughed and said to quote “Yeah, right.” Obviously, Craig was granted the role because of his personal relationship to a certain individual with casting power. Do your research. You will find the same information.

    • Edmonton Girl

      Oh, Richard – dead fish? Poor quality actor? Have you seen any of his movies at all? The guy is uber talented and has charisma to die for.

      • Richard

        Didn’t mean to offend you. Question: Shouldn’t the actor’s charisma be subservient to the requirements of role being played? If I go to a film, I want to become involved with the character, James Bond, not the star who’s portraying that character. Case in point, but not to change the subject: On the latest Angelina Jolie movie poster, her lips are about to burst. Who cares what role she is playing? Again, sorry to have offended you.

      • B

        Here’s something useful… Richard, you’re an idiot.

      • M Anderson

        I will concede that the latest Bond movies are well made with the scenic locations, special effects and the much-needed gritty realism. However, Craig is not a Bond contender. If you were the watch the DVD special features, you will see that even Craig does not believe that he is Bond material. During an interview, he was asked what he thought when he received the phone call granting him the lead role, he admits he laughed and said to quote “Yeah, right.” Obviously, Craig was granted the role because of his personal relationship to a certain individual with casting power. Do your research. You will find the same information. Personally, I prefer someone who believes he is a Bond contender, some one believed in Bond and understands the weight of the mantle that has been passed onto him. Actors like Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, who obviously loved the role, added their personal touch to the role, made it their own in their own unique way and enriched the history of the character.

      • Peter Johnson

        M Anderson wrote “Actors like Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, who obviously loved the role…”

        The same Connery who wanted to quit during ‘You Only Live Twice,’ and only came back for ‘Diamonds are Forever’ after Eon gave him the biggest paycheck any actor had ever seen at the time? The same Connery who said “I have always hated that damn James Bond. I’d like to kill him.”?

        Gotta get your facts straight, bub.

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