It's getting stupid now - first it was on, then it was off, then it was most certainly on and now it's off again as pre-production on the 23rd James Bond movie is once again halted. Movieweb are reporting that MGM have halted production on the long awaited return of James Bond while they seek more backers to raise the funds needed to get the movie back on track. Due to all the bankruptcy woes at MGM, BOND 23 has been halted for who knows how long. Right now the only film they are concentrating on is THE HOBBIT, which is probably because it’s almost a guaranteed success. As far as we know director Sam Mendes is still the guy behind the camera, but who knows how long he’ll wait around for the studio to get their act together?
Previously MGM had indicated that there would be a new Bond movie in the cinemas for 2012 which will be the fiftieth anniversary of EON's film series. If they can't get their act together for that important milestone then maybe the series is well and truly knackered. If on the other hand we do see Bond 23 in the cinemas for 2012 and Daniel Craig returns it will be the longest break between movies without the main actor being recast.
Every cloud has a silver lining, though and I suppose no Bond film at all is still preferable to another like Quantumn of Shit.
Bond fans however do have something to look forward to in 2011 when Jeffrey Deaver's still untitled new James Bond novel is released. A cover teaser has just been released and can be seen left. Thanks to MI6.CO for this