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Bond 23 gets an official release date

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Joey DC

After a financial crisis, MGM has announced that Bond 23 will go into production in late 2011. The 23rd James Bond movie will be released on November 9, 2012 worldwide.

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.

Source: Deadline

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James Bond Movie on Indefinite Hold

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Andrew

According to HeatVision (and most other sites) the James Bond franchise has been put on hold.  This recent development is due to the horrible financial problems surrounding MGM studios.  There had been talk and negotiations to buy MGM studios, but not other studio offered an adequate bid.  The last two Bond installments alone made $1.2 billion worldwide, so it’s hard to fathom where all that money went.  I guess we can look at a similar situation in New Line Cinema, who made boatloads of cash off Lord of the Rings, only to close up shop less than ten years later.  The James Bond franchise was the most profitable franchise of all time until it was recently passed by Harry Potter.  If the rights to the franchise do get auctioned off, I’m sure the price will be steep and all of the major studios will want to have a part of it.  Until this news broke, Peter Morgan (The Queen) had been working on a script for the film and Sam Mendes was in negotiations to direct.  Mendes has recently been attached to a new project called “Oz the Great and Powerful” with Robert Downey Junior interested in a starring role.  This news came just a week after the news broke about the hold on Bond.  Only time will tell if we will see another James Bond movie. And if the rights are bought by a new studio, you can expect all new actors taking a different approach (reboot??) to the franchise.  Here’s hoping it doesn’t turn out for the worst.

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Sam Mendes in Negotiations to Direct Bond 23

Posted on 06 January 2010 by Andrew


According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sam Mendes is in negotiations to direct the next James Bond film.  Mendes has directed such movies as American Beauty (which he won an oscar for), Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, and the recent Away We Go.  MGM is fast tracking the movie and shooting for a 2011 release.  What’s interesting is that MGM was supposed to be sold in the upcoming months, possibly jeopardizing the Bond franchise for a while.  Now, with Mendes in final negotiations it seems that the new Bond film will happen sooner than later.  The last Bond film, Quantum of Solace, was directed by Marc Foster and was the second most profitable Bond film (behind Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale in 2006).  However, critically Quantum of Solace was hammered, and was hit or moss for the general public.  To me it felt like a step back from the inventiveness of Casino Royale.  It was more like a Jason Bourne film than a James Bond.

I think Mendes is a great choice because he has a classical shooting style similar to Campbell.   He filmed a little bit of action in Road to perdition, but other than that he has only directed dramas.  It also helps that Peter morgan, writer of the Queen and Frost/Nixon, is on board to help out with the script.  Daniel Craig is a great Bond and I feel that this is the right direction for MGM to go in hiring Mendes.  The classic feel of Bond was lost in the last film and Mendes has a great task ahead in bringing the series back up to par with Casino Royale.

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