It appears that money is going to do what Dr. No, Blofeld, Goldfinger, Number 1, and a whole host of other baddies couldn't ... kill off James Bond.
The 23rd Bond Film was in pre-production when the producers pulled the plug. MGM, the studio that has footed the bills for the Bond films, is broke, and facing bankruptcy. The producers didn't want to get into the middle of the film and have to shut down. "License to Thrill" has either been cancelled or postponed, depending upon what internet site you look at.
The uncertainty means that it is not a given that Daniel Craig will be back as 007. There are already rumors floating around that the producers are lining up the 'next' Bond - names run the range from folks that have never been heard of to Will Smith (yes, a black, American James Bond ... WTF?). I hope this is not true - Craig is the closet to Ian Fleming's book character since Connery.
My favorite Bonds, for no particular reason;
1) Sean Connery, no doubt about it
2) Daniel Craig
3) Roger Moore
4) Pierce Brosnan
5) Timothy Dalton
23) George Lazenby
You know, I hate to put any politics in this, but it really wouldn't surprise me if Obama tried to get himself cast as Bond .....