In a weird round about way we’ve received confirmation that the next James Bond film is still going strong. Back in November is was announced that MGM planned to release Bond 23 in 2012, which puts the production on a pretty short time table. Next month will be 2011 so they need to get the ball rolling. Luckily we know that Daniel Craig is still on board with the franchise, but there were some doubts regarding whether or not Sam Mendes would stick to his directing commitment. Well, according to the mother of his children (Kate Winslet) he will.

While speaking to the Daily Mail, Winslet had this to say about Mendes’ upcoming travel plans.

“Sam is doing the next Bond film, all being well, and we’ll all be in England if that happens,” she said. “It’s such a massive commitment for him and it’s not fair for him to commute backwards and ­forwards to New York from ­London. It would be impossible. The children will be there with me.”

We’re all for Mendes directing the film and we hope this is true. He’s a great director and this is an iconic franchise. It will be interesting to see what he does with it.

Do you think they’ll be able to get the next Bond out by 2012?