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.