Columbia Pictures and MGM issued a press release on July 20th 2006 to announce the release of the 22nd James Bond film. The press release gives May 2nd 2008 as the release date, scotching the rumour that they would go for a 2007 release, although it leaves the year clear for promoting Casino Royale’s DVD release.
Craig Daniel will again star as 007, probably causing the heads of the people behind craignotbond.com to explode.
The film is so far untitled, although a variety of rumours have already started. We’ll not mention any until they look like they may have some meat behind them.
Full press release below:
Columbia Pictures and MGM Announce May 2, 2008 Release Date for 22nd James Bond Adventure Starring Daniel Craig
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today by
producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that the 22nd James Bond adventure will be
released by Columbia Pictures on May 2, 2008 with Daniel Craig reprising
the role of the legendary British secret agent.
The story for the latest James Bond film produced by the franchise
holders, EON Productions has yet to be announced.
“As we wrap production on CASINO ROYALE we couldn’t be more excited
about the direction the franchise is heading with Daniel Craig. Daniel has
taken the origins of Ian Fleming’s James Bond portraying, with emotional
complexity, a darker and edgier 007,” said Wilson and Broccoli.
ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS
EON Productions is owned by the Broccoli family and is the most
successful film series in history. The most recent adventure, DIE ANOTHER
DAY (2002), was also the highest grossing film in the franchise bringing in
almost $430 million in worldwide box office receipts. THE WORLD IS NOT
ENOUGH (1999) grossed $353 million, TOMORROW NEVER DIES released in 1997,
grossed more than $340 million around the world and GOLDENEYE, took in $345
The enduring film franchise created by the late producer, Albert R.
(Cubby) Broccoli, was launched in 1962 with DR. NO starring Sean Connery,
who went on to play James Bond in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, GOLDFINGER,
THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. George Lazenby
had one outing as 007, in ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, before Roger
Moore took over the role in LIVE AND LET DIE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN,
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, OCTOPUSSY and A VIEW
TO A KILL. Timothy Dalton later inherited the role and played the famed spy
in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS and LICENCE TO KILL. The most recent James Bond was
Pierce Brosnan, who starred in the global blockbusters GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW
NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY.
ABOUT COLUMBIA PICTURES
Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group,
is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of
Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion
picture production and distribution; television production and
distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel
investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of
studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and
technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries.
Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at
ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER INC
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is an independent, privately-held motion
picture, television, home video, and theatrical production and distribution
company. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films,
comprising approximately 4,000 titles, and over 10,400 episodes of
television programming. Its film library has received 208 Academy
Awards(R), one of the largest award-winning collections in the world, and
includes numerous successful film franchises, including James Bond, Pink
Panther and Rocky. MGM is owned by an investor consortium comprised of Sony
Corporation of America, Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group,
Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. For more
information, visit http://www.mgm.com.
For further information contact:
Senior Vice President, Media Relations
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group