James Bond 23 and Daniel Craig Back Next Year in UK

MGM finally found a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel when the studio reached an agreement with Sony and it looks like James Bond will finally be emerging from the shadows of limbo, according to the Guardian. Rumors have been circulating for a while but official word has now been given regarding the long on-hold James Bond 23.

The studio has revealed that the 23rd Bond movie is scheduled to start shooting later this year with director Sam Mendes at the helm and Daniel Craig returning as Bond. A release date of November 9, 2012 has been set for the US but UK moviegoers will get to see it first because it opens over there on October 26, 2012, which happens to coincide nicely with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, which came out on October 5, 1962.

While its really nice to finally know when Bond will be showing up again in theaters, the release date is one of the few things officially known at the moment. There’s still a chance that Javier Bardem might be showing up as a villain, but there have also been rumors about a female mastermind being the major baddie this time around. Bond has always been a little behind the times when it comes to equality so I think it would be a great change of pace to have Bardem as the main muscle for a female villain. Will that be the way the story unfolds? Only time will tell, but we’ll let you know as news becomes available.

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