All is back in order in the world of James Bond. We already knew that there was at least going to be
another film in the series, but now it has been given an official release date of November 9, 2012. Bond's future had been in some doubt due to MGM's financial troubles; however, following MGM's exit from bankruptcy at the end of last year, pre-production commenced on what will be the 23rd film in the series. This is from the official press release-
"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."
The fact that Sam Mendes is directing is certainly a point of interest, even for those who canít stand 007ís smug-git face. Mendes is an Oscar winner and will surely seek to put his artistic stamp on the film. However, there are those who think it is workmanlike directors who are better suited to directing films such as this. Bond 23 is obviously of huge financial importance to the still unsteady MGM so Iím sure there will be limitations to how much Mendes will be allowed to express himself.
The 2012 release of Bond marks 50 years since the release of the first film, Dr.No
. The films have grossed just over US$ 5 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the second highest grossing film series of all time, beaten only by some bespectacled wizard.