Producers confirm 007 film number 23

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Daniel Craig will be returning as James Bond, the film’s producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have confirmed.

Daniel, 42, first took on the role as Bond in 2006 in Casino Royale and also starred in the 2008 follow-up Quantum Of Solace.  

Judi Dench, 76, is expecting to be reprising her role as M after hinting, ‘I think I am going to be needed in the spring of March 2011. That’s the message I got.’

British actor Michael Sheen, 41, is being lined up to play Bond super-villian Ernst Blofeld.

Plans for the 23rd Bond movie were put on hold last year due to financial problems at MGM.

The film will be directed by Kate Winslet’s ex-husband Sam Mendes and is set to arrive in cinemas in November 2012.

Beth Shearing