Briefly: Daniel Craig is all over the place this week thanks to the new posters and trailers for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but he is still the star of another massive franchise with a global fanbase. Today there is a tiny bit of James Bond news, as Sony, EON Productions and MGM have announced a pair of release dates for the twenty-third Bond film. The as-yet untitled movie, just Bond 23 for now, will hit the UK and Ireland on October 26, 2012, and then open in the rest of the world on November 9, 2012. The worldwide date is about when we expected to see the film; the earlier date is just a bonus for those in Britain.

We know very little about the film at this point. Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, under the direction of Sam Mendes. The screenplay is by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan. Javier Bardem could end up in the film, and Judi Dench will very likely return. Beyond that, it’s almost all up in the air.

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In the absence of any news on the James Bond front, take this story as a substitute: Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, have been hired to write an original action thriller that might have vague Bond-like overtones. It also has a more serious, political bent, which could make for an interesting combination. Read More »

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Making a small film in the US means raising money by whatever means are necessary, but other countries actually support the arts. Crazy idea, right? I’m sure there are issues with how public arts funding is doled out in the UK, but I love the fact that small films from proven talent can get some public money to help them along. The UK Film Council recently released information on what films are receiving grants from the council this year, and there are some interesting details in the list.

Some of the projects — and the ones getting the most funding — are ones we already knew about, like Joe Cornish‘s Attack the Block and Mike Leigh‘s Another Year. But in the list of funded films there are also quite a few new projects or things that we’ve only heard rumblings about. Much more detail after the break. Read More »

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Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions have finally made the first official Bond 23 announcement by naming Peter Morgan as the latest ‘credible’ screenwriter to team up with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade on spy-scripting duties. As if there was any doubt, they also confirmed that Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond. A hype-heavy quote from the press release, as well as a bit of context on the writers, beyond the break.

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