After a long, long wait, spy film fans can finally rest easy—the as-yet untitled 23rd James Bond film is set to launch production later this year, according to Coming Soon.  As you may remember, the Daniel Craig incarnation of the franchise was in hot water when MGM went bankrupt last year, but, according Judi Dench (who has played Bond boss M in the series since the 1990s), Bond is back on!

Says Dench:

“I am going to do the next Bond in November…I don’t know the location yet but hopefully it will be somewhere nice. I can’t tell you much more but I do enjoy playing M as she is such a strong character. I like being bossy and my grandson thinks it’s cool that I’m in Bond.”

Whew—after the twin marvels of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, I was beginning to worry that the Craig-era Bond days were over.  Not so, says Dench!

Further, Coming Soon notes that Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan will be scripting the 23rd Bond film, which is set to be directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road).

So—a Bond film starring Daniel Craig directed by the guy who made American Beauty and written by the guys who wrote the last two excellent entries?  Sign us up.

What do you think of the James Bond 23 news?