So it's no surprise that studio bosses have confirmed a 24th James Bond movie will hit cinemas within the next three years.
MGM is currently developing the screenplay for the film, which will be a follow-up to the critical and commercial hit Skyfall. It should be on our screens by 2016. I do like like the way the scripts are linking together - this gives the storyline and characters far more opportunity to develop depth.
CEO Gary Barber says MGM hopes to announce a director in the near future, following Sam Mendes' decision to move on to fresh pastures. Mendez recently confirmed he won't direct the next Bond because of his busy schedule: "Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life. But I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond." Yeup, that's right - he'd rather do a kiddie flick than another Bond! He must be mad!
Meanwhile 45yr old Daniel Craig (in my opinion, the best Bond ever!) has plenty of mileage in him, but he still has a way to go to surpass Roger Moore's record as the oldest Bond at 58.
[Read also about the setting for Skyfall...]