Bond 23 Delayed Indefinitely

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

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MGM’s recent financial troubles have been well documented here at Screen Rant, and after the most recent announcement that the second Hobbit film hasn’t even received a green light yet, things have not been looking good for the once-great studio. Now, IESB brings word that Bond 23 has been delayed indefinitely, leaving fans of James Bond wondering when we’ll see the debonair secret agent again on the big screen.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers on the Bond films since 1995, announced today that production on the next installment in the franchise has been suspended.

“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on BOND 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of BOND 23.”

It’s a shame this project is being delayed; EON Productions has seen a few interesting developments in Bond 23, including rumor of Rachel Weisz as the villainous leader of Quantum and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes as a possible director for the next installment. The script was heralded by co-writer Peter Morgan as having a “shocking story,” and I was looking forward to seeing how the story progressed after Quantum of Solace. Will the movie pick up immediately after Quantum of Solace left off, becoming a true sequel as Quantum itself was to Casino Royale?

Wilson and Broccoli have been responsible for some of the best Bond films in the past twenty years. Martin Campbell’s GoldenEye reinvigorated the series after a string of uninspired efforts in the mid-to-late 1980′s, and lightning struck twice when his Casino Royale had a similar effect back in 2006.

The James Bond franchise is the longest-running series in film history, so I’m confident we’ll see the martini-drinking 007 on the big screen again – it’s only a matter of time. Keep checking back at Screen Rant for updates on the progress of Bond 23; we’ll keep you updated when EON or MGM make the next announcement about the project.

In the meantime, I’ll throw it to you: sound off in the comments section. When do you think MGM will get their act together? Are you excited for Bond 23 to hit theaters?

Source: EON Productions (via IESB)

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  1. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really was looking forward to see this movie.

  2. Actually I believe Godzilla is the longest running running film series in the world, having begun in 1954 Ben.

  3. I hope we will be seeing Mr. Bond sooner rather than later…. I don't want it to get to the point where they would have to re-cast Bond

  4. Is their any possibility that someone in the McClory family might attempt to take advantage of the situation? I imagine in some of the EU or Britain the court rulings on the “Thunderball” rights could be exercised by the McClory family. Maybe this should be an opportunity for karma to come full circle and EON/Broccoli to patch the rift that has marred the Bond history with the McClories. Interesting things for Bond could be in the offing…

  5. I totally agree with you. I like Daniel Craig and I want to see him play Bond for many more films to come. Especially with the talks of the next Bond film being a sequel, its pretty much essentially that they keep Craig as Bond.

  6. I'm shaken NOT stirred by these comments

  7. After the vile hulk that was QOS (officially my least favourite Bond film), I was really hoping this next one was going to be a stand alone adventure with a few of the sadly lacking elements put back in. Even Daniel Craig wanted to put a bit of humour back in the series.

    Will Craig stay though? If the proposed release date he mentioned of late 2011 is not happening, how far does that push Bond 23? Maybe like Timothy Dalton ( the one person who nailed Flemming's character), the gap in between will just be too much for Craig and he will walk, contract or no contract.

    And if that happens, Clive Owen is born for the role.

  8. I agree completely. QOS was an utter shambles, in my opinion. I agree about Clive Owen too, Craig seems to have one emotion – anger.

  9. QOS wasn't the best of films but some parts of the film were awesome. Car chase at the beginning, the fight scene that followed, the fight in the elevator were Bond kicked about 4 peoples ass. As for Timothy Dalton, ARE YOU HIGH!

  10. My favorite Bond has always been George Lazenby. “On Her Majesty's Secret Service” had one of the great one-liners. A skier gets mulched by a snow clearing machine trying to jump a gap and after the blood settles Lazenby says, “He had a lot of guts.”

  11. I think he meant that it has the most installments, not that it's been going for the longest amount of time.

  12. Is the postponement of Bond 23 bad news for The Hobbit, or is it good news (considering the fact that they haven't actually officially delayed The Hobbit)?

    By the way, my favourite Bond was Pierce Brosnan.

  13. I'm a fan of Daniel Craig as Bond, so this is pretty disappointing.

  14. wow u know things are bad when a bond movie gets delayed, how u can delay a movie like that when everyone knows that it is gauranteed to make a huge profit every time, crazy stuff.

  15. The really really really sucks :/

  16. Actually I don't think that has anything to do with Craig's performance. Check his performance in “Layer Cake.” It's how Bond is being written and directed, that's the problem. I do have to give you guys credit on your pick of Owen as a replacement though. I think he could do it. Even so, he or Craig would come across so much better if it wasn't for the @*->?!!< direction and script. “QOS” didn't give Bond enough closure and healing succor to cover the torture and loss he endured in “C.R.” no balance struck. Without that in the story how do you get anything but anger in your character? I figured it had to come in 23 or they would have to do a major rework to the tone of the franchise. Now, who knows? A long enough stretch could kill any momentum that “C.R.” had built up

  17. This is the worst news I've heard all day

  18. Although I think QoS was a huge let down after the amazing Casino Royale, I'm very excited about Bond 23. But this news (when it finally stuck) came as a huge disappointment.
    Now I have a very scary feeling in the pit of my stomach. With this on hold, Craig's contract (like Brandon Routh) will probably expire.

    Then I bet that Craig will get tied up something else, and when the time comes that the production is set to resume, his new contract will (like Tom Selleck) prevent him from returning and the impatient studio will try to cast a new Bond to carry it all. In my opinion that'd be the worst case scenario…

    To quote a line from Hitchhikers Guide…”This will all end in tears”

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