Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back in Bondage!

Ever since we first got word last April that development on the next installment of the evergreen James Bond movie franchise was being shuttered indefinitely by the producing team of Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli pending the resolution of MGM's (also evergreen) financial difficulties, it's been a waiting game as we've watched various developments with the studio. After several months of uncertainty, things took a positive turn last August when new management signalled an infusion of cash and the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel that's made this one of the longer 007-free spells in the series' history (not as long, though, as the six year gap between 1989's Licence to Kill and 1995's GoldenEye -- also prompted by similar financial distress at MGM).

Well, the good news is that the next James Bond flick is finally, officially back on. As we'd assumed all along, director Sam Mendes (who previously worked with current 007 Daniel Craig on 2002's Road to Perdition) is helming from a script by series scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. With production set to ramp up later this year after Craig dispenses with his committment to the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, that should leave plenty of time for the still-untitled "Bond 23" to meet its planned November 2012 release date -- just in time to celebrate an amazing fifty years since the series first hit the big screen with 1962's Dr. No. Ian Fleming himself couldn't have planned it better.

1 comment:

Omar A. said...

I'm there. Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever.