'James Bond 23' Release Date Set For November 9, 2012! Daniel Craig & Sam Mendes Confirmed!

Daniel Craig as James BondJames Bond fans will have 007 reasons to be grateful next Thanksgiving: MGM has given the suave superspy an official date of November 9, 2012, for his big-screen return, according to Deadline.

MGM had stated this fall that audiences could expect the next Bond adventure in November 2012, but this is the first time the company has given a firm date for the film. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the co-chairmen and chief executive officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, announced the film's release date, also confirming what has long been suspected: James Bond 23" film will unite Daniel Craig -- playing Bond for the third time following stints in 2006's "Casino Royale" and 2008's "Quantum of Solace" -- with director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road to Perdition").

There's no word on the film's plot, title or who else might star (hopefully Dame Judi Dench), but there is already a script, which was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.

At the very least, Bond fans can breath a sigh of relief. MGM's financial woes had thrown the future of the 007 franchise into serious doubt, with some industry insiders predicting that it could be the better part of a decade before James once again ordered a martini (shaken or stirred -- does he looks like he gives a damn?) on the big screen. But thanks to some nifty financial restructuring on MGM's part, that wait is now down to less than two years, ensuring that Craig -- who's raw take on 007 has reinvigorated the franchise -- will return for at least one more go-around as Bond.

Are you excited that Craig and Mendes are teaming for "Bond 23"... and that if finally has an official release date?