New James Bond Film Gets Director, Official Release Date

Prepare to be shaken and stirred, James Bond fans.

After experiencing financial woes that threatened to put the venerable Bond spy-movie series on ice, MGM issued a press release today indicating that the 23rd installment of the big-screen saga is indeed a go—with some very specific and encouraging details.

According to MGM, Daniel Craig will reprise the role of the super-suave British spy, despite initial questions as to his availability. Working behind the camera will be Jarhead and Road to Perdition director Sam Mendes, who will inherit helmsman duties from Solace’s Marc Foster. Veteran Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, meanwhile, will be joined by The Aviator writer John Logan to pen the script.

The as-yet-untitled film, which begins production in late 2011, will be released on November 9, 2012. Are you excited to see Daniel Craig back in action as Bond? Share your thoughts in the comments section.