‘James Bond 23′ Still On Track for 2011 Production Start, 2012 Release

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james bond 23 release date and director announced James Bond 23 Still On Track for 2011 Production Start, 2012 Release

There’s been a lot of rumor swirling the next James Bond film – which is still tentatively titled James Bond 23 until we hear of a more official (and revealing) title in the near future.

Big names like Ralph Fiennes, Kevin Spacey, Javier Bardem and even Anthony Hopkins have been mentioned as potential candidates to go up against Daniel Craig’s 007. Still, even ¬†with a director and some returning cast members confirmed, people have still been waiting for concrete confirmation before they will believe that Bond is finally on this way back to theaters.

Today MGM has once again confirmed an official release date for the 23rd James Bond flick, and now a production start window. Director Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition) will start rolling cameras later this year on the film, which will still be due in theaters on November 9, 2012 – almost four years exactly since the last Bond film (the not-so-loved Quantum of Solace) debuted in theaters back in 2008.

While it’s nice to know when we’ll be treated to our next adventure with 007 (especially since his return has been something of a guessing game during the last year of MGM’s financial collapse), it does little to quell all the swirling questions about just what this next Bond film will entail. QoS left us in a pretty precarious place, with Bond on the hunt for revenge after the tragic events of Casino Royale and in his pursuit of justice, uncovering the existence of the mysterious Quantum organization – a clandestine cabal of powerful men and women who have the seeming to influence whatever world events they choose to get involved in. Of course, this juicy conspiracy storyline was largely abandoned in the latter half of QoS, in favor of a generic revenge story that didn’t really make all that much sense, if I’m being honest.

In the years since Bond has been on standby, we’ve heard rumors that the next film would have a “shocking story” to Bond possibly taking on a ‘female mastermind villain‘. I’m game for whatever screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan cook up, at this point; though, if there isn’t some closure provided to the whole Quantum storyline, it’s going to feel like pretty big cop-out. Some threads just shouldn’t be left dangling.

As stated, James Bond 23 will begin filming late this year to debut in theaters on November 9, 2012. Those in the UK and Ireland are in luck: they’ll get to reunite with 007 even earlier than that, on October 26, 2012.

Source: MGM

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  1. It was about time! Bond, James Bond is Back. Where is the Maritini already? Shaken, not stirred lol Can’t wait!!! :)

  2. This is really old news, isn’t it? Why are MGM announcing the same date twice? We already know the premiere date is November 9 2012…

  3. dangling threads from quantum , hmmm which threads would that be, The quantum Organization? I dont know what people where expecting that he a newly appointed 00 would take on this elusive crime syndicate by himself, at that point revenge was all he sought, so no surprise there , now that is taken care of they can move onto Quantum. I thought that was pretty clear, the tease of Quantum was just that a tease, you see their fingers in certain criminal endeavors. I mean in past Bonds how many times have we seen Specter, they have run through several different Bonds and they where truly never stopped. they only had their current plans foiled by Champion Bond.

    • Loco Lobo is right, and I had the same reaction to this article. Bond battled with SPECTRE for years, and probably would be still if there hadn’t been lawsuits getting in the way. I certainly don’t think every film needs to have SPECTRE/Quantum as the main adversary, but I see no reason that this needs any “closure” anytime soon. I don’t know when we all got together and decided that all action movies had to come as trilogies, but we don’t need to force that sort of structure on Bond, who’s going into his 23rd film. Since 1962 (until “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”), Bond movies have been pretty much self-contained stories with only occasional references to the past. I don’t have any problem with the last two being connected, but I’d hate to see it get to the next step, where we think Bond needs to be “re-booted” every time we get a new actor. Let’s hope the people that have held the reins of the Bond franchise for fifty years stay on their own track. It’s worked for this long, I hope it works for them (and us) for the next fifty years.

  4. I really like the idea of Quantum becoming the new SPECTRE. Although I was a little disappointed in QOS because of the villain. Dominic Greene wasn’t nearly as badass as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. Any of the actors mentioned in the article would be great! I would love to see Anthony Hopkins hamming it up as a classic Bond villain! And Javier Bardem could bring some sleazy-cool class to the role. Let’s hope Jeffrey Wright returns as Leiter. He was one of my fav characters in the Fleming novels, and it’s about time he gets his due.
    I didn’t really like that they killed Rene Mathis in QOS. I was just starting to like him…

  5. They should introduce Q in the next one.