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Gary Barber, Chairman & CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:

We are thrilled to reunite the extraordinary talents of director Sam Mendes with our star Daniel Craig for the next great Bond adventure.

On one hand, it’s great news — Mendes, who directed Skyfall (Bond 23), previously said he would not be able to do this film due to theater directing commitments.

On the other hand, in order to give Mendes time to fulfill those commitments, Bond 24 won’t be hitting theaters until October/November 2015.

Daniel Craig will be 47 at the time of Bond 24’s release. Will he have another film in him? He’ll likely have crossed Pierce Brosan territory (49 at the time of his last Bond film) and be getting into Roger Moore territory (58 at the time of his last Bond film — yes, 58)…

Connery, by the way, was 53 at the time of Never Say Never Again — but that’s the unofficial remake of Thunderball. He was only 41 at the time of his last official Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever.

Yes, I thought Casino Royale was tremendous. I thought his action was quite extraordinary—he did more action in the first 30 seconds of the film than I did in 14 years of playing Bond. To me, he looks like a killer. He looks as though he knows what he’s doing. I look as though I might cheat at backgammon.

Roger Moore, speaking with Glen Levy of Time about Daniel Craig.

This is immediately after he declared Craig the Bond after seeing Skyfall.

[via Daring Fireball]

Casino Royale was excellent and Quantum of Solace was incredibly “meh” (for good reason), but the producers of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, have seen enough that they’d like to sign Daniel Craig to do five more Bond films.

That would give Craig 8 Bond films in total. Roger Moore was in 7. Sean Connery was in 6 (7 if you include Never Say Never Again, which I don’t).

Craig is a huge star now without Bond — The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its subsequent sequels will only further solidify that — so who knows if he’d even want to do 5 more Bond films.

Also, Roger Moore was 58 at the end of his Bond run, but looked about 70. Craig is 43 right now. Even if they’re able to do one new Bond film every two years for the next 5 films (which they won’t), he’ll be 53 at the end of that run. More likely, he’d be closer to 60. When they booted Brosnan, he was 49.

But the best bit of this report is what producer Michael G. Wilson has to say about Skyfall itself:

The director Sam Mendes and Daniel are taking it back to a 60s feel – more Sean. I think that’s what the fans wanted. There’s a magical “Goldfinger” feel surrounding it all. It’s all very exciting. I can’t wait for people to see the movie because I think we’re making a very special Bond.