James Bond Will Return In 2012

Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes will lead 007's first mission after MGM's bankruptcy.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

James Bond Will Return In 2012

James Bond is officially coming back.

Deadline is reporting that Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the iconic British super spy in the currently untitled 23rd "Bond" film (or "Bond 23," as some are calling it). Additionally, Sam Mendes ("Road To Perdition") has been signed to direct the film from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.

Although the details of the next "Bond" story are under wraps, it’s expected to follow up on the events of "Quantum of Solace" and may continue Bond’s crusade against the organization known as Quantum.

"Bond 23" was originally intended to be released in 2011, but MGM’s ongoing bankruptcy problems prompted EON Productions (the rights holders to the James Bond franchise) to hold off on doing anything that would tie the next film down to MGM’s fate. EON even hired Mendes as a "consultant" for the next Bond film rather than name him the director and trigger a payment clause with MGM.

Craig’s previous James Bond films — "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" — were both distributed by Sony/Columbia, but EON is currently looking for a new deal for "Bond 23." Sony is still expected to be among the serious contenders for the next "Bond," along with Warner Brothers, Fox and even Paramount.

Deadline also states that a new "James Bond" video game is also in the works, after the winter release of "James Bond: Bloodstone" for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

During Craig’s time away from Bond, he starred in the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens" as well as the American adaptation of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

Production on "Bond 23" is expected to begin in late 2011 and the film will be released in theaters on November 09, 2012.