Daniel Craig Is 'More Excited' About 'Bond 23' Than 'Casino Royale'

Daniel CraigThere are many rumors swirling around the upcoming "Bond 23" production, but if Daniel Craig is certain about one thing, it's that Sam Mendes is the right person to direct the movie.

Recently the "Bond" leading man sat down with his "Cowboys & Aliens" director, Jon Favreau, for an interview, and conversation steered towards the next untitled installment in the "007" franchise.

Each of the "Bond" films Craig has been a part of have had different directors -- Martin Campbell for "Casino Royale" and Marc Forster for "Quantum of Solace" -- so Favreau asked the actor what he thought of Mendes "classing up the franchise."

In a nutshell? "I think it's kind of a great choice," Craig said.

He added, "I think Sam has a fervor and energy to really direct a 'Bond' movie with a capital 'B.' He's just completely feet-first thrown himself into it. He's read every book, and soaked up everything about it."

A lot of aspects of the movie are up in the air, from Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem's rumored involvement to who will end up being cast as the Bond girl(s) in this flick. "Bond 23" is slated for a November 9, 2012 release date so it still has plenty of time to iron those issues out, but Craig said none of that is stopping him from being most excited for this "Bond" movie.

"I've read the script the other day, and I'm more excited about this than I was about 'Casino [Royale]' because we've kind of got a classic 'Bond' movie, plus lots of other things," Craig said. We guess we'll have to wait until 2012 to find out what those "other things" are, but for now we'll look forward to at least having Judi Dench back as M in this movie.

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