It’s official: Sony Pictures Entertainment will be distributing the next James Bond movie for MGM. The two studios announced in a joint press release today that the 23rd 007 movie, once again starring Daniel Craig, has been given a Nov. 9, 2012 release date, and that MGM and Sony will also be co-financing and distributing Bond 24 at some future date. Sony distributed the last two Bond films, but MGM’s recent restructuring had made the 007 series a jump ball, with several studios vying for distribution rights. “After successfully working on the re-launch of the James Bond franchise with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, we could not be more proud or privileged to continue our association with Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson, Daniel Craig, and the talented teams at EON and MGM,” Sony co-chair Amy Pascal said in the statement.

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