Rumor Patrol: New James Bond Movie in 2012 [Confirmed]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 6th, 2010 at 9:07 pm,

james bond daniel craig Rumor Patrol: New James Bond Movie in 2012 [Confirmed]

[Bond 23 is confirmed for a November 2012 release, making these rumors true]

I just got done writing about the end of the MGM bankruptcy saga, an article in which I asked whether or not MGM would be getting James Bond back onscreen sooner, rather than later.

Now articles have sprung up all over the Interwebs about this MGM/Spyglass reorganization plan, and Bloomberg is seemingly answering the very question I put forth, claiming that MGM will be putting out a new James Bond film in 2012.

Below is a quote from the Bloomberg article, which many sites around the blogosphere are using as their “source” for the claim that the next Bond film – currently labeled Bond 23 – will be here in the next two years:

New James Bond films may be released every second year starting in November 2012, MGM said. It aims to own 50 percent of Bond 23, due out that year, with an equal partner paying all of the production costs, it said. Later Bond movies would be wholly owned and funded by MGM, the company said.

While “MGM said” is a pretty solid reference for such information, personally I think that I’m going to remain skeptical for now; I feel that if a James Bond movie were really ready to go into production in early 2011 (for release in 2012), then we’d be getting an official press release for the event, announcing the following sorts of details:

  • Confirmation that Daniel Craig is still Bond (or announcement of a new actor to replace him).
  • Confirmation of a director (fingers crossed it’s Sam Mendes).
  • An official title for the film and a synopsis.
  • Official production start date / location.

Who knows, though – maybe all that info has been determined and the official word is being filtered through the PR machine and will be in our inbox shortly. Could happen.

We know that Bond producers have been keeping the franchise fires warm in hopes that the property would soon be dragged free of the MGM bankruptcy quagmire. We also know that Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan had a “shocking” Bond script in the works, though we have yet to hear from Morgan himself whether or not he’s still attached to the franchise and what the status of his script is.

James bond logo Rumor Patrol: New James Bond Movie in 2012 [Confirmed]

I say all that to say: there are pieces to the puzzle in place (or at least in the pile), but I’m going to wait until the complete picture is assembled before I get too excited – I recommend you do the same. (Though I suspect some people will see this headline and not bother to read the actual article and just jump right into the comments section with “THAT’S SWEET!” or “SO HAPPY TO HEAR IT!” statements, willy-nilly. Feel free to do that too – if you’re that sort of optimist.)

Stay tuned to hear what develops on the Bond 23 front. You never know: something could be announced today.

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Source: Bloomberg via Coming Soon

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  1. Keep Craig and keep the continuity of the story going…if not then I’m done with this franchise

  2. A bond every 2 years would awsome. thats why I love the bond franchise bc u can just have a new story every 2 years and it still makes sense some how bc thats just how the movies have allways been. There is no way they will replace Craig and im sure he is down to do it for many many years to come. Hell peirce brosnan could still pull it off in my opinion so I think we will c craig for at least the next 8 years. I dont c a new bond until at least 2020.

  3. I don’t think Craig should be replaced as Bond just yet but if they were going to recast the role they should give it to Clive Owen. Always thought he’d be a greeeat Bond; maybe he could pull of a Bond villain instead? Similar to 006 in Goldeneye … could be interesting

  4. THAT’S SWEET, SO HAPPY TO HEAR….. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaitaminute

    I hope thos does get going sooner then later, and I also hope that Sam Mendes directs and Daniel Craig is still Bond…. I am interested in the plot points of this “Shocking Script”…. Whenever I hear that I think “Death of a Character”, but if they continue this franchise I can’t see that happening…. Let the speculation and rumors ensue

  5. Don’t like Daniel Craig at ALL. Just does’nt seem like Bond to me.I’ve no real interest in a new bond the way the franchise is now.The last decent one was Goldeneye. At least Brosnan felt like a bond,even if the other ones he did were routine and blur together in my mind.

  6. Fingers crossed it’s Sam Mendes?????

  7. Could they cast Sean Connery or Timothy Dalton as the villain to Daniel Craig?

    I think that would be some interesting casting.

    • Hell Daniel Craig vs Pierce Bronson :D

  8. i hope they hurry up with the new james bond to get daniel craig to do at least one more before they change and i think they should get c bale as the new james bond orben affleck

    • That’s exactly what my brother said. I completely agree. Although Sean Connery hasn’t been in a movie since league of extraordinary gentlemen it would be nice to see the original 007 as a movie villain.

  9. I think that Daniel Craig is a good James Bond. But, I take great fault with the new James Bond playing Texas Hold-um. I only hope that many others feel the same way, and that the new productions will get back to the traditional Baccarat. He is to sophisticated to be playing such a crass game, and belongs at the high-flying, high stakes Baccarat table with the traditional beauty competing with him,or the villain.

  10. Ok first of all what is u smoking u really think Craig was bond hahahahahahahahaha maybe bonds little corny pansy brother secondly bond was a badass gentleman spy we love him cuz he immortalizes wat men want an want to be an wat women expect a man to be. He was literally my hero from like 6 ta 36 an I’m only twenty five. Until dey get a new Sean connery (i.e. Owen or Butler) it won’t be the same. As for Hollywood dey can go f__k dey self wat dey are doing to him is unforgivable they have been selecting the wrong actors for years an now doing an even bigger disservice by selecting horrible scripts. Next thing u kno rosie odonell will be da next bond girl, ooooo deres a great imagine her in a two peice. Also by da by can we please let him carry something better den a .380 I mean I kno da man a spy but my .380 has slightly thicker profile den my single stack S/A .45 nehow I stray away. My point is Craig is not an can never actually be Bond an would somebody please get Hollywood to stop raping the series, I mean I think I might be able to crap out a better script an dey ain’t even gotta give me millions ta write it jus 1 lol. Now dis is just my opinion an should be accepted as such an if u can’t o well u suck big hairy donkey d–k

  11. Ok first of all what is u smoking u really think Craig was bond hahahahahahahahaha maybe bonds little corny pansy brother secondly bond was a badass gentleman spy we love him cuz he immortalizes wat men want an want to be an wat women expect a man to be. He was literally my hero from like 6 ta 36 an I’m only twenty five. Until dey get a new Sean connery (i.e. Owen or Butler) it won’t be the same. As for Hollywood dey can go f__k dey self wat dey are doing to him is unforgivable they have been selecting the wrong actors for years an now doing an even bigger disservice by selecting horrible scripts. Next thing u kno rosie odonell will be da next bond girl, ooooo deres a great imagine her in a two peice. Also by da by can we please let him carry something better den a .380 I mean I kno da man a spy but my .380 has slightly thicker profile den my single stack S/A .45 nehow I stray away. My point is Craig is not an can never actually be Bond an would somebody please get Hollywood to stop raping the series, I mean I think I might be able to crap out a better script.

  12. My bad I didn’t mean to publish twice