Mendes Gearing Up For <i>Bond 23</i> Shoot?

MGM's financial collapse more or less derailed The Hobbit, James Bond and a number of other franchises. But after filing bankruptcy and launching initiatives to get its financing back in order, it appears that the film studio is back on its feet -- and, as a result, the long developing Bond 23 could be right around the corner.

Speaking with The Daily Mail, actress Kate Winslet says that she and her family plan to relocate to London in the near future in support of Sam Mendes, Winslet's ex-husband and the father of her children and, most relevantly, the supposed director of the next Bond movie.

"Sam is doing the next Bond film, all being well, and we’ll all be in England if that happens," said the Oscar winning actress. "It’s such a massive commitment for him and it’s not fair for him to commute backwards and ­forwards to New York from ­London. It would be impossible. The children will be there with me."

Winslet, who says she won't have a role in the Bond movie though she'd be willing to work with Mendes again, separated from her director husband last year, but the two remain "really good friends and have very good respect for each other." Given that closeness, not to mention the fact that she's the mother of Mendes' children, it's likely that Winslet knows a thing or two about her ex-husband's professional plans, especially if it means relocating her entire family to London for a time. Don't consider this a flat-out confirmation that the new Bond movie is ready to go with Mendes behind the wheel, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

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