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Daniel Craig: 'Bond 23' Suspended Indefinitely!

Daniel Craig: 'Bond 23' Suspended Indefinitely!

Daniel Craig fans will not be happy!

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions just announced in a press release that the next James Bond movie has been delayed indefinitely.

“Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely,” they said said in a joint statement. “We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of Bond 23.” (The film was originally set for a late 2011 or early 2012 release.)

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  • james

    Is this really about the money?

  • kablamo

    Does anyone really care?

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    …nope, no one cares. people aren’t talking about it. bond was long forgotten. give it 5-10 years and they’ll have a new bond, in a new movie. NEXT

  • Sela

    Good! Last Bond film was a joke and Daniel Craig is NOT handsome. I’ve never been so disappointed. In the meantime, the powers in Hollywood can begin searching around for a new James Bond — hopefully one with dark hair and good skin. Oh yea, and taller.

  • Luster

    Karma is a b*tch. And her name is Satsuki. He should dump that bad news money pit he calls a girlfriend.

  • Domino

    No! :( The only Bond I love. Damn.

  • WWSD

    And Satsuki promptly dumps Daniel Craig.

  • Mendel

    James, I wonder if this was done to put pressure on MGM to get their act together?

    I really hope this gets resolved quickly…

  • Guinness

    welll. interesting. I love Babs. Did I ever tell you guys that?

    And HI Mendel…does MGM care about the franchise if they were gonna use bond as a bargaining chip to get more money from who ever was gonna buy them? does EON have to go with MGM?? and really–how many more months can the banks/credit companies defer and wait for their money? it will be resolved quickly and Babs just upped the anty!!!

  • Mendel

    to Guinness

    “Babs just upped the anty!!!”

    Yes, I get that feeling, too. It might be part of the wheeling and dealing that’s going on behind the scenes.

  • james

    @Mendel: I hope that’s the case!

  • Guinness

    ahhhh-S a t s is maybe the luckiest ass-ist-ant–but not stupid, she ain’t dumpin nothin.

    ssoooo, when Dan goes on his premiere trip for the House Menagerie and knowing reporters know about MGM (not Regis and perky Kelly) (but you know damn well Matt is gonna ask) and they ask Dan… so are you still under contract with Babs to be the hottie still??? WHatch gonna do when day come for you…

    monday has not been good 4 me…corona is going down well. can you tell?? yeah, Dan has had a better day than me–even with this news.

    Hi Mendel…guess what i am watching??

  • http://verysexy sharyllee

    Too Bad! I hope Jude Law will be the next James Bond,

  • LeviKlein

    Noo! Daniel Craig started so well with Casino Royale, it’s a shame to end it after two movies only. He brought a new dimension to Bond and raised the bar very high for the next actor.

  • Mendel

    to Guinness

    “and they ask Dan… so are you still under contract with Babs to be the hottie still??? WHatch gonna do when day come for you…”

    He’ll probably asked about it left right and centre right now…but he’ll most likely give some evasive answer.
    I think he probably knows what’s going on – I’d say Babs and Michael talked to him and Sam Mendes about the suspension.

    “monday has not been good 4 me…corona is going down well. can you tell?? yeah, Dan has had a better day than me–even with this news.”

    That sucks! Enjoy your corona!!!

    “Hi Mendel…guess what i am watching??”

    Sherlock? ;)
    (and guess what I still haven’t seen…)

  • Mendel

    Ah, just found this:

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gT-nkEJs1D0nP5WaiMNDqZsNJOkQ

    “Daniel Craig, who was set to play 007 for the third time, said: “I have every confidence in Barbara and Michael’s decision and look forward to production resuming as quickly as possible.”

  • TIM GUNN

    Bad news, IF it was believable.

    This is all corporate poker.

  • Guinness

    Excellent Mendel! good 4 him. And yes, he was probably in on it the entire time…I would have Babs on my contact-emergency-dial/text-as-fast-as-possible list, especially if I had a signed contract and someone ELSE reneged!!! A very nice statement to forgo any questions by Matt-or Regis if he is conscious..”…ah, yes, Bond 23 happenin’ does depend upon many factors, especially in the economy the world is in right now, but I will go back to my original statement release when the shite hit the fan in the first place Matt, that i hope some one will get their head out of their cookie jar and put some money up so we can make more money.AND, I have no interest in putting my own Bond money up so that other Bonds can make money….although, it does sound like a lucrative idea…..”

    Watching Open Season II, then we are watching “The goats that stare at George Clooney’s head” or something like that. Forget Sherlock. Just dont see Iron man–wholly crap. I don’t think i could talk for a while if that happens. maybe. or not.

  • Mendel

    to Guinness

    “i hope some one will get their head out of their cookie jar and put some money up so we can make more money.AND, I have no interest in putting my own Bond money up so that other Bonds can make money….although, it does sound like a lucrative idea…..”

    LOL!

    And you are watching the GOAT film? Let me know if it is any good – it certainly has one of the craziest titles in film history :)

  • to 16

    @Mendel:

    Of course he has to say that. What else would he say?

    He hasn’t a clue what’s going to happen nor did Brozzer!

  • james

    @Guinness: “Just dont see Iron man–wholly crap.”

    Uh oh! You know the same guy that directed Iron Man is going to direct Cowboys and Aliens! Was Iron Man bad? I didn’t see it!

  • Guinness

    yes, well, it was a very nice comment and he had to say something–that is the point.

    All men in this are hot and I can’t stop laughing…not sure if i am supposed to laugh.. but have you seen the X-Files? We watched every single episode and this is the same idea… I like it.

    talk tomorrow…. Dan will get thru this–it will be messy, but I hope Bab “stands by her man”…

    night night sweet dan dreams.

  • Mendel

    to Guinness

    “Dan will get thru this–it will be messy, but I hope Bab “stands by her man”…

    According to discussions on other forums (eg MI6), people wonder if Dan will stand by the Bond franchise, if the situation with MGM is not resolved soon.

    I can’t see it though – I get the impression none of them would like to see the end of what has been a success story (even if QoS wasn’t considered as good as CR, it was still a commercial success).

    Night night, and sweet Dan dreams nevertheless…

  • james

    @Mendel: And I blame the failure of QOS on the director and the writers. Not Daniel. But of course EON was responsible for hiring the writers and director.

  • Daniel = money

    @james:
    James- I absolutely agree with you- Q of S was on the shoulders of Eon, the writers and the director. Not Daniel at all.

  • http://www.geeksdatingsite.com/ Stacy

    Bond won’t live another day

  • daniel is hot

    Well, I am disappointed that it has been postponed; just hope the Bond movies won’t be scrapped. Was so looking forward to see what Daniel would do in the third Bond. Oh well, he is busy with other projects and I am certain Babs kept him in the know before they announced their decision. Maybe this will move things along with the studios. Babs is a smart woman business wise and knows the Bond franchise is worth a lot of money for everyone. Kept the faith; Bond will live to see another day.

  • lol

    another ‘no not married yet” story. lol. like they ever will.
    http://www.gossipcop.com/site-wrong-about-bachelor-jake-vienna-secretly-married/

  • sam

    No damage done-maybe fans will forget how terrible QOS was by the time the next Bond is released. I love Daniel, hate the fugly gf but think his acting skills are wasted in Bond movies.

  • james

    I have always loved the James Bond movies and I was thrilled with what Daniel was able to do with the character! I don’t look down on his part in the franchise at all! I think his role in setting the franchise and character on a new and better path will go down in film history!

  • “Cubby”

    EON is wrapped tightly with MGM. Both took a hit being leveraged to the gills with QOS marketing and promotion. Vendor calls come in, payments left unpaid. No surprise Bond 23 is dropped like a hot potato.
    ..
    Has Daniel even received his wages from QOS? His legal fees have to hurt.

  • ella

    Personally, i think Daniel Craig is a better Bond than Pierce Brosnan. He could pull that cold-blooded killer looks easily, while Brosnan couldn’t.
    Somehow for me, Pierce Brosnan looks soft compare to Daniel Craig.
    Again it’s only my opinion, so don’t bash me

  • to 20

    You’re wrong! As for this, the situation at Brosnan is quite different.

  • Tristan

    God…. t

    He’s a exactly fit. because he’s hot

    it was new bond…. better than anyone else

  • megik

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
    I hate/blame MGM !!!

  • LOL

    Hi Gina, Smarthead wanna bet ???? ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL

  • to LOL

    Gina is attacking Daniel anonymously.

  • Marie

    I don’t want to believe it. I have not seen the Bond before Daniel Craig. For me, the JB is only Daniel Craig.

  • Rav3U

    Why was not MGM sold off to the Warner?

  • sienna

    nooooooooo!!! i am so sad and disappointed right now because i loooove all bond movies and i looove daniel… i really hope they will resolve this soon :((((

  • Deb

    Damn! Please relieve MGM.

  • from Singapore

    What a sad news it is! I had feared the worst since last year. I am a bad mood today.

  • BBC News

    James Bond film suspended amid MGM uncertainty .

    The production of the next James Bond film has been suspended “indefinitely” because of uncertainty over the future of film company MGM, producers say.

    Producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they did not know when work on the 23rd Bond film would resume and there was no date for its release.

    The latest Bond, due to star Daniel Craig as 007 for the third time, had been due out in 2011 or 2012.

    James Bond is one of the longest running franchises in film history.

    Wilson and Broccoli, of EON Productions, said: “Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on Bond 23 indefinitely.”

    Daniel Craig, who made his Bond debut in Casino Royale in 2006, said: “I have every confidence in Barbara and Michael’s decision and look forward to production resuming as quickly as possible.”

    WILL WE SEE BOND 23?

    Work started on the film almost immediately after Quantum Of Solace hit cinemas
    The script is by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan and 007 regulars James Purvis and Robert Wade
    It was due for release in 2012 – the 50th anniversary of Dr No
    No director was hired, but Sam Mendes was in talks
    Film studio MGM put itself up for sale in November 2009
    With debts of $3.7bn (£2.4bn) the studio may be unable to fund a new Bond film until it finds a buyer
    MGM could also sell the Bond franchise to raise capital
    Industry experts say “nobody doubts” Daniel Craig will eventually return as the super-spy
    Craig is the sixth actor to play the British secret agent on the big screen, after Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

    His first outing, in Casino Royale, was the most successful instalment in the franchise’s 48-year history, taking $594m (£385m) at the global box office.

    There is little doubt he will eventually return to the role, said Helen O’Hara from film magazine Empire – either with the backing of MGM or another film company.

    “The last two films have done phenomenally well, and the series is a very reliable performer,” she told the BBC.

    “If the Bond franchise went up for sale I don’t think there’d be any problem at all.”

    Work on the latest film was still in the early stages, Ms O’Hara added.

    “I’m not sure they were vey far on,” she said. “The Bond machine is always in motion and it felt like it was just beginning to heat up.

    “You were beginning to have the inevitable and endless casting rumours – Rachel Weisz had been mentioned – because the British press goes nuts for it.”

    EON productions holds the rights to Ian Fleming’s works – including the Bond series and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – while film studio MGM owns the rights to the Bond film franchise.

    The studio is also home to the Pink Panther and has a stake in the forthcoming Hobbit movie.

    It is saddled with $3.7bn (£2.4bn) debt, and has been trying to find a buyer since last year.

    Several companies have expressed an interest – but offers are thought to be significantly below the $2bn (£1.3bn) sought by MGM and its debt holders.

  • TIMES

    23rd Bond film put on hold as MGM struggles with debt.

    It looks like the next James Bond film will be delayed, very delayed.

    After nearly half a century of dispatching evil megalomaniacs and their colourful henchmen, Bond has been thwarted by a more prosaic foe: debt.

    The producers of the Bond films have announced that the next one in the series, which would be the 23rd, has been put on hold for the forseeable future because of the financial woes of its distributor, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

    MGM currently has a $3.7 billion (£2.4 billion) debt and is struggling to find a buyer prepared to meet the $2 billion valuation for the company.

    Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, of EON Productions, said in a statement overnight:”Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development on ‘Bond 23’ indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume and do not have a date for the release of ‘Bond 23’.”

    Any lengthy postponement of filming is certain to cloud the future of Daniel Craig in the role. Craig has been credited with revitalising the franchise since becoming the sixth official screen 007 in Casino Royale four years ago. He reprised his gritty Bond in Quantum of Solace in 2008.

    The actor is currently on location in Toronto, Canada, filming Dream House with Rachel Weisz. He said: “I have every confidence in Barbara and Michael’s decision and look forward to production resuming as quickly as possible.”

    Craig has long been admired by his peers for his acting ability but his success as Bond has given him a worldwide profile and he will have no shortage of alternative offers if Bond 23 remains on hold.

    The longest pause between Bond films was the six years between Timothy Dalton’s last outing in License to Kill in 1989 and Pierce Brosnan’s debut in GoldenEye in 1995.

    However the longest break in one actor’s tenure in the role is only four years, the time that Sean Connery sat out between You Only Live Twice in 1967 and Diamonds are Forever in 1971.

    Craig was already looking at a break of roughly that length from the part. Bond 23 had been set for release in 2011 or 2012 to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary.

    Sam Mendes was expected to direct and Patrick Marber recently became the latest big name screenwriter linked with the project.

    The James Bond franchise is one of MGM’s principal assets along with its name and roaring lion logo, the United Artists operations, a library with more than 4,000 titles, half of The Hobbit franchise and a stripped back film and TV operation.

    MGM’s only film release this year, Hot Tub Time Machine has grossed an uninspiring $42.4 million after four weekends.

    The studio put itself up for sale last November. Three bidders lodged offers last month with Lionsgate subsequently bailing out, leaving only Time Warner and Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries in the running.

    One significant camp of debtholders at the troubled studio is understood to be keen to string the process out for as long as possible in the hope of saving the studio.

    Some Hollywood sources suggest that EON is keen to exploit the situation to engineer a move to a more powerful distributor.

    The James Bond franchise is the longest running in film history. Wilson and Broccoli took it over from Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli in 1995.

  • RoseanJ

    Make Henry Cavill Bond!

  • RoseanJ

    Make Henry Cavill Bond!

  • erica

    I hope they get their house in order and bring back our Daniel!!!!

  • to RoseanJ

    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • to 44

    Some Hollywood sources suggest that EON is keen to exploit the situation to engineer a move to a more powerful distributor.
    —————————————————————————————–
    I agree.
    However, I think that Daniel and EON do A STEADY RAIN film together if Bond23 doesn’t start by the end of this year.

  • Whats the point

    What is the point of this news release saying they are suspending production? Legally they can’t even begin to produce a new Bond movie while MGM is on the auction block! More of a ‘woe is me’ statement than any glimmer of hope. MGM has EON over a barrel and Babs is sad.

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