Has MGM Cancelled ‘James Bond 23’?

The studio's financial problems are said to be the cause.
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Has MGM Cancelled ‘James Bond 23’?

Is James Bond 23 dead? In a story from AintItCoolNews, it looks as if James Bond 23 is not be happening. Everybody knows that MGM is in a bad financial situation but now that site is now saying that the studio has cancelled the project.

Apparently all development on the next James Bond flick is dead. They've actually fucked MGM up so much that right now, they've canned development of a new James Bond film.

Daniel Craig was set to return as James Bond. Sam Mendes was on board to direct this project.

Mirror has substantiated this story saying:

But now it has confirmed the movie has been axed - and it could be years before the secret agent with a licence to kill is back on the big screen.

EON Productions, the company behind the film has also supported this report.

"We do not know when development will resume and cannot comment further at this stage."

It seems that if all this is true an announcement of some sort will be made soon. This franchise appears to be too financially lucrative to just die like this. Afterall, the worldwide box office receipts for all the films total over $5 billion dollars.

Skyfall was released November 9th, 2012.

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  • ejk1 • 5 years ago

    This is annoying. Bond has been a constant to theaters for almost fifty years. The fact that MGM has handled their business so poorly is shocking. Seventy plus years of movies, cartoons, etc. has gone completely to waste.

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    • jimthar • 5 years ago

      i want to see MANY more bond films. and weisz as a bond villain would be incredible. she's a stunning woman. so beautiful.

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      • doubler0522 • 5 years ago

        I hope MGM makes up their mind about Bond 23, because i do want to see another JB flim

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        • jayaottley • 5 years ago

          MGM haven't cancelled Bond, they just ain't taking control over the next one or having any say, that's all...Currently all the production details are being done by EON Productions and when Bond grabs its new home, the film will be ready to automatically green-light into production

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          • slysnide • 5 years ago

            If MGM is as bad as they say, then they should sell the franchise to save themselves as they're already on a sinking ship. If they actually give a damn. But the simplest solution would be to NOT make overly budgeted films like QoS and go back to simplicity. That could easily keep the franchise running. It's surprising that QoS even made its money back, given how much they spent on it.

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            • narrator • 5 years ago

              Agreed @AvatarSequel. Weisz being rumored as the main villain and leader of Quantum... was one of the coolest and most intriguing casting choices in years. Totally bummed this isn't happening anytime soon.

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              • samfisher • 5 years ago

                sounds pretty bad. but you know, s#1t happens. Casino Royale was great but Quantum was pretty confusing in some parts. overall i think that Daniel Craig was good as Bond and i really liked how they made it more realistic and left out all those gadgets.

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                • dan1 • 5 years ago

                  That sucks. I was actually fascinated to see Rachel Weisz as a female main villain for a Bond movie.

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                  • emmytt • 5 years ago

                    the new bond movies were great

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                    • emmytt • 5 years ago

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                      • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

                        Bond or no Bond, I don't know how you can think Casino Royale was not a good movie...seriously. Shut the f*ck up.

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                        • mexicool • 5 years ago

                          Thank God!! The new Bond movies have not been "Bond movies" at all!! People say its a good change but, the movies would have been good if the character's name was not james bond. The f*cked up the formula big time!!! Bring back the ol' charming and charismatic BOND!!!!

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                          • narrator • 5 years ago

                            Sell it to Warner Bros. That's my opinion. That or get the Scotts to take over MGM like they've considered.

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                            • remy72883 • 5 years ago

                              i like everyone else hope they figure out some sh*t and get these films made, if thy cant afford to make them FINE sell them to WB or someone that can afford to make them, i don't understand how they can make all this money from the franchise and still be in debt, is the accounting office drunk 24/7 i mean seriously my 8 year old nephew handle's his money better than these guys, all and all get them off the shelf and back into production

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                              • diaigma • 5 years ago

                                Either way, I'm glad he's not Thor :P

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                                • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

                                  Craig said "no" to Thor because he doesn't want to be Bond and a superhero...it's too much. I don't think it was necessarily because he was committed wholeheartedly to the Bond franchise.

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                                  • insertusernamehere • 5 years ago

                                    This reads like it was written by a 10 year old...c'mon, MW. Proofread.

                                    Anyways...BOND MUST LIVE...as long as its better than QoS.

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                                    • diaigma • 5 years ago

                                      @Ka-Pow!

                                      I don't think I want Graig to be Thor. No way. No. Just. No. :P

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                                      • brady1138 • 5 years ago

                                        The only way that MGM can save themselves is by relying on their profitable franchises, which they could make with borrowed money. With almost guaranteed success, both James Bond and The Hobbit are pretty much all they have left, so shelving these is like putting a gun to their own heads and pulling the trigger.

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                                        • 2movieguys • 5 years ago

                                          Sad!

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