Bond set to return to big screen
James Bond fans will be shaken and stirred to learn that the 23rd film featuring 007 is to be made this year.
There were doubts over the future of the spy franchise when the film, set to be the third starring Daniel Craig, was put on hold last year.
EON Productions blamed the financial difficulties of MGM Studios for the hiatus.
The new owners of MGM and Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the films, confirmed that Bond will be back on November 9 2012.
Filming is set to start later this year with Sam Mendes, known for previous works American Beauty and Road to Perdition, as director.
The last Bond film Quantum Of Solace was released in 2008.
Fans had feared the long delay could lead Craig, who debuted as Bond in Casino Royale, to walk away from the role.
MGM filed for bankruptcy protection last November, seven months after the next Bond film was put on hold, and has since been restructured.
Craig said last year that he had "every confidence" in the films' producers, and that he was looking forward to production resuming "as quickly as possible".
He has been credited with giving Bond a gritty new image as he became the sixth incarnation of the spy, taking over from dapper Pierce Brosnan.