Next James Bond Flick Won't Arrive Until 2016

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Once upon a time, James Bond movies came out like clockwork. Every two years, a new Bond film would hit theaters. You could almost hear the ticking, like a time bomb counting down to the next explosion of awesome.

Well, according to Reuters, MGM has just cut the blue wire, because once again the countdown has stalled — and this time it's going to be at least three more years until we get a sequel to "Skyfall."

Hey, at least they'll have plenty of time to finish counting all their money.

"Skyfall," of course, made over $1.1 billion worldwide, by far the most successful Bond film ever and the seventh highest grossing film worldwide in history. So you might expect that the studio would want to ride the hot hand and get the next film out into theaters pronto.

But "Skyfall" itself came about after a seemingly interminable four year delay, suggesting that perhaps pent up interest actually helped boost the box office. And with "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes declining to return, the Broccoli family, which produces the series, will have to go back to the drawing board. So MGM CEO Gary Barber is playing it safe.

"We are very excited about the franchise, we look forward to announcing a director soon," Barber said. "We are currently developing the screenplay and working with our partners. We look forward to developing the script soon and signing a director. We are hoping within the next 3 years it will be released."

Of course, this does bring up one potential problem, namely the age of Daniel Craig. Half of "Skyfall" was devoted to reminding audiences that Craig is getting old and by the time the next Bond film hits theaters in 2016, he'll be 48. That's the same age Pierce Brosnan made his final Bond film, though Roger Moore continued to play the role until he was 58, so anything's possible.

All of which goes to show that while Bond may be able to defuse bombs and save the world from just about any menace, there's one enemy even he can't defeat: Time. And that means the next three years are pretty much going to suck for the rest of us. Get cracking, 007!