A franchise as enduring as James Bond never dies. It just goes into hiding while studio financial woes are ironed out. Enter Bond 23 (not the final title, I would guess), which disappeared while MGM crumbled around it. Now that those issues have been sorted, Daniel Craig‘s flavor of everybody’s favorite licensed killer is confirmed to be returning, with a November 9, 2012 release date.
Deadline confirms that Craig will return to star, with American Beauty director Sam Mendes at the helm. The script will still be coming from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, Bond writers since The World is Not Enough, as well as The Gladiator writer John Logan.
In short, Bond is back and he’s exactly how you remember him. There’s been no indication of where the story might fall in the secret agent’s chronology, but considering that Casino Royale was an origin story and Quantum of Solace picked up shortly after it, I doubt any sort of prequel is in store.
Craig is going to be a busy man over the next couple of years. He’s already got Cowboys & Aliens in the can, so he’ll be doing all sorts of press for that before long. Same goes for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Steven Spielberg’s late-December 2011 release, which really needs to generate some more buzz than it has. Not before he wraps up his work on director David Fincher’s forthcoming Stieg Larsson adaptation, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which also hits theaters later this year. So prepare yourself for a Daniel Craig overload in 2011… followed by the glorious return of… JAMES BOND!! WOO!!!!