23rd James Bond movie to hit theatres next year

Updated: Jun 03, 2011, 15:30 PM IST

London: It’s official. The 23rd ‘James Bond’ film will be released late next year.

MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced the news on Thursday.

The eagerly anticipated next episode of the all-action spy thriller will hold its traditionally lavish London premiere on October 26 at the Odeon Leicester Square, before opening in the U.S. on November 9, reports the Daily Mail.

Actor Daniel Craig would return for his third stint as the agent with a licence to kill in the as-yet-untitled film.

Dame Judi Dench would also reprise her role as M, while Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem are both rumoured to be joining the cast.

The ‘American beauty’ and ‘Revolutionary road’ tour de force Sam Mendes is to take over the directorial duties from Marc Forster, who helmed Quantum Of Solace in 2008.

Online rumours also suggested that Israeli model Esti Ginzburg is a hot favourite to become the next Bond girl.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins has confirmed on his fan forum last month that the work on the project was in its early stages.

“Yes, I can say that I am doing the next ‘Bond’ film. It is early days and the film won’t shoot until November,” he had written.