Has MGM Cancelled ‘James Bond 23’?

The studio’s financial problems are said to be the cause.

Is James Bond 23 dead?
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 and stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw. The film is directed by Sam Mendes.

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Comments (43)

  1. ejk1

    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.

    5 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  2. Jimthar

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

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  3. DoubleR0522

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

    5 years agoby @doubler0522Flag

  4. Jay.A.Ottley

    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

    5 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  5. slysnide

    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.

    5 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  6. the Narrator

    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.

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  7. SamFisher

    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.

    5 years agoby @samfisherFlag

  8. Dan

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

    5 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Emmytt

    the new bond movies were great

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  10. Emmytt

    @insertusernamehere yea really

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  11. T.Clark

    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.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  12. Mexicool

    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!!!!

    5 years agoby @mexicoolFlag

  13. the Narrator

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

    5 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. Remy72883

    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

    5 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  15. Diaigma

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

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  16. T.Clark

    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.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  17. T.Clark

    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.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  18. Diaigma


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

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  19. LuxoIII

    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.

    5 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  20. Jimthar

    this sucks. you cant just shelve bond. why doesn't mgm borrow the money for production from another studio, then after the films release pay them back with interest and use the remainder of the profit to handle the debt that it's in that is the cause of all these problems. just a thought. or they may have to sell the rights to bond to another studio.
    what i want to know is, what are the broccoli's thinking about this and what are their plans for the immediate future of the series??

    5 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  21. Brainiac

    haha Daniel Craig said no to Thor for this Bond film, haha.

    5 years agoby @thebdFlag

  22. Emmytt

    well that f*cking sucks ass

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  23. JonSpidey07

    damn MGM
    I want to see Bong again so bad

    5 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  24. jae1169

    big mistake craig breathed new air to the series and a third installment with him as bond at this time would surely net a great profit...

    5 years agoby @jae1169Flag

  25. Diaigma

    Royale was awesome, but Solace fell flat. It could be they have nothing to go by with the bond films yet, and that's the danger of having sequels in Bond films. They work better as single adventures.

    5 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  26. Err

    tyler perry would make a terrible james bond, in my opinion.

    5 years agoby @err2005Flag

  27. TheDude1

    The last two Bond movies(Royale and Solace) have made 1.1 Billion dollars with budgets of only 350 million dollars. If anything MGM should be rushing another sequel to save there asses.

    5 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  28. Cripple


    5 years agoby @crippleFlag

  29. WongFu

    I guess no one is buying their films or anything else for that matter. We might as well start buying their merchandise.
    Either that or just re-release the old films until they get back on their feet. I would love to see the old films in the theater again.

    5 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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