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Daniel Craig to reprise roll in 23rd Bond film

by Shannon Harris on January 12, 2011

In the spring of last year it seemed as if one of the most well-known movie characters, James Bond, was all but finished. Due to financial constraints, filmmakers had to put a halt on production. However, the movie's producers announced on Tuesday that Daniel Craig is back and director Sam Mendes will start filming later this year, Time magazine reports.

The road bump in production occurred last April, when MGM Studio filed for bankruptcy protection. The company has since been able to find new owners and managed to restructure itself. The latest Bond film, called Bond 23, is slated for release in November 2012, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Dr. No, the first movie in the illustrious franchise.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the movie, there were concerns among fans that Craig, who has starred in the previous two Bond films, would not stay committed to the project. However, despite continuing work on a pair of other movies, Craig remained confident that the studio would be able to complete the film.

Craig is the sixth actor to play the suave secret agent, and has been a drastic turn since he took over for Pierce Brosnan in 2006 with Casino Royale. Where Brosnan lended a lighthearted wit to the character, Craig plays a more subdued version, hearkening back to the days when Roger Moore and Sean Connery played the part.

Other than the release date and title, not much is known about the story. Judi Dench is expected to reprise her role as M, Bond's boss, and there has been speculation that Michael Sheen will play the villian, according to the publication. As for the much-important Bond girl, early reports have pegged Oscar winner Rachel Weisz as a possible choice. 

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