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With The Hobbit most definitely a go, there's still one MGM franchise that has been left wafting in the wind due to the studio's money issues: James Bond. Last we heard, the plan was to start production on the film next summer, but that was all the way back in September and it hasn't been mentioned since. Now we have some really good news.
Film Music Magazine recently interviewed composer David Arnold, who revealed that next the 007 movie, tentatively titled Bond 23, is back on. The man behind the music of the last five films in the franchise, including Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Arnold was quoted saying that he hasn't had a chance to start planning the music, but that's only because he's only recently learned that they were beginning the pre-production process.
"But ‘there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip’ So I will keep quiet until I get a script and then start writing ideas. I just hope the next one is as good as my favorites, as I think everyone does. And I’m always interested in what Daniel Craig brings to the part. But like most things with movies, if it ain’t on the page etc… All I can say is that I’m looking forward to a great script for it, alongside every other Bond fan in the world!"
It was only five months ago that the franchise had been declared dead and we had to begin thinking about a world without everyone's favorite MI6 British super spy. It's also great to hear that Daniel Craig will be returning and I'm still fascinated with the idea that Sam Mendes will be the man behind the lens. Fingers crossed that this is only the beginning of good news for Bond fans.