It’s Official: Bond 23 is a Go

Well, after a lot of fits and starts and money troubles, it looks like a Sam Mendes-directed Bond movie (that’ll be #23, in case you’re keeping track at home) is finally, officially a go for production. MGM made the announcement themselves in a short but sweet press release:

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will commence production in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012. Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.

So there you have it, Bond fans. The still untitled Bond 23 will commence production late 2011 for a November 9, 2012 release.

Commence the theme music!