Judi Dench Due To Film 'Bond 23' In Spring Of 2011

We know a 23rd James Bond film is coming and we know Daniel Craig will return for his third go as the suave-yet-happy-skull-bashing British spy. But will "Bond 23" actually arrive in 2011, as previously announced? Daniel Craig recently declared filming would begin shooting late in 2010.

When MTV News had a chance to chat with Judi Dench (Bond's elegant overseer, M, in six previous films), the legendary British actress said she likely won't be on set for another two years.

"I think I'm going to be needed in spring of 2011," she said. "That's a message I got. It would mean I could do something at the end of next year, something else, maybe be in the theater."

The discrepancy in the two actors' timelines is surely explained by the fact that Dench usually only appears in a handful of scenes, whereas Craig carries the entire film. So all still seems on track for a 2011 opening.

Past "Bond" scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, as well as "Frost/Nixon" writer Peter Morgan, have been hired to pen the script. A search is still on for a director, after "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster passed on an opportunity to return for "Bond 23."

For her part, Dench can't wait for the chance to reunite with Craig. "I just think he'll go on from strength to strength," she said. "He's a fantastically good actor."

What are your hopes, wishes and dreams for "Bond 23"?