James Bond Lives to Fight Another Day

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LONDON, England —- Actor Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as secret agent James Bond for an upcoming 007 film which will begin filming later  this year.

Craig who’s played Bond in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” surprised fans and critics with his tough gritty portrayal of the British secret agent.

At the director’s helm of the new Bond adventure will be “American Beauty” director Sam Mendes, who directed Craig in “Road to Perdition” in 2002.

The 23rd installment of the Bond series remained in limbo for nine months after MGM failed to find a buyer. Originally, the film was slated for a November 2011 release date. It now looks as if the new 007 will hit theaters November 9 2012.

MGM said the as-yet untitled film will celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond movies. The first of the films based on the spy novel series by British author Ian Fleming was “Doctor No,” starring Sean Connery.

Details of the production were announced Tuesday by 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.

Recent speculation has suggested that British actor Michael Sheen, of ‘Frost/Nixon’ fame’, could be being lined up to take the villain role in the movie, however, acclaimed stage actor, Simon Russell Beale is also being tipped to land the part.

The movie studio, which is also behind the “Rocky” series filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last November. It emerged last month after raising $500 million and working out a debt restructuring plan. with Spyglass Entertainment.

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