DreamWorks funded flick Cowboys and Aliens will see James Bond star Daniel Craig take the lead in this fantasy adventure film.

The film has been muted for some time and was waiting on Hollywood sensation Robert Downey Jr to be available to take the lead. Ultimately this has not been possible and the producers have turned to 007 star, Daniel Craig, who is of the same calibre but seemingly already available.

Entertainment Blog HitFix is claiming that this production schedule (shooting in mid 2010 for a release in 2011) may impinge on the new James Bond film. This prediction is in light of Dan’s unfavorable comments about the very tight shooting schedule on Quantum – going so far as to predict a very conservative summery 2012 release. At Bond 23 we have reservations about all speculation of this kind and advise fans to be wary of jumping to conclusions.

That said – the Bondsphere has gone dark since the leaking of Sam Mendes’ involvement in the Bond 23 production and very little is known about the exact shooting schedule of James Bond 23.

The latest rumors that hit the tabloids and internet sources in January was that if Mendes’ involvement was to be confirmed, we could be looking at a shooting schedule commencing in the summer of 2010. Before this revolation, Craig said it was his understanding that the production was to take place in late 2010.

HitFix also explain to us that it is their belief that a “Nov. 18, 2011” release date has been penciled in by the production. In general we have been expecting a late November release but we are yet to see a day in the 11th month muted by a reliable source. At this stage any fan might as well join a lottery and pitch in with release date predictions. At Bond 23 we are surprised that the tabloids have yet to predict a 11/11/11 release.

Further Reading

About James Bond 24 (2015)

James Bond 24 will be released in October 2015. It is produced by EON Productions, with Sam Mendes returning from Skyfall to direct. Daniel Craig is contracted for two further 007 films — Bond 24 and 25 — and will star as the British agent of MI6. Also returning from Skyfall are Ralph Fiennes as M and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Although it is unconfirmed, many expect Rory Kinnear to reprise his role as M’s chief of staff. Roger Deakins, cinematographer, and Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, screenwriters, will not return. The screenplay is being penned by John Logan.

About Skyfall – James Bond 23 (2012)

The new Bond movie will star Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Judi Dench, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The 007 screenplay will be written by regular James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, working with John Logan (Gladiator & The Last Samurai). Director of American Beauty and Road To Perdition, Sam Mendes will be directing the new James Bond movie. MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment in a joint statement on 2nd June 2011 announced that “Bond 23″ will go on release in the UK on Friday, 26th October, 2012 and in the USA on 9th November 2012. The first major announcement from EON Productions and Sony Pictures came on 3rd November 2011 in London when the principle cast was announced, along with a rough plot line. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.