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James Bond to blast back into movie theatres

Daniel Craig to return as iconic spy in Sam Mendes directed film

James Bond to blast back into movie theatres
RETURNING BOND: Daniel Craig will play James Bond for the third time in the as yet untitled 23rd film in the franchise (Getty Images)

It's hard to keep a good man down, even after bankruptcy.

British secret agent James Bond, 007, is set to return to movie theaters for a 23rd version of the long running and lucrative film franchise, its makers at EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer film studio said on Tuesday.

The announcement follows MGM's emergence from bankruptcy in December, which had forestalled putting a new Bond movie into production.

MGM and EON said Daniel Craig will return in the role of the suave spy when Bond blasts back into theaters in November, 2012 - 50 years after 1962's original "Dr. No."

Production is set to begin in late 2011 with Oscar winning director, Sam Mendes (American Beauty) behind the camera. A title of the movie and details of the story were not unveiled.

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