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Daniel Craig will return as James Bond in 2012's "Skyfall," with Berenice Marlohe as Bond girl Severin and Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve. The long-delayed film is scheduled for release in November 2012.
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James Bond will be back, and his next movie now has a title. Daniel Craig will once again portray elegant spy 007 in "Skyfall," which is scheduled to hit theaters in November 2012. (Give some sleuthing props to tech site Fusible.com, which snooped that name out last month via domain name registrations for sites like "jamesbond-skyfall.com" and "skyfallfilm.com.")

Daniel Craig will of course return as Bond. Javier Bardem, so frightening with a cattle bolt gun in "No Country for Old Men" and yet so charming in "Eat Pray Love," seems an inspired choice as the villain. Ralph Fiennes also plays a villain, and Ben Whishaw and Albert Finney will also star. The always witty Yahoo Projector blog is thrilled about that last bit, noting "we would watch Albert Finney chew on straw for two hours."

And my favorite bit of casting continues — Judi Dench returns as M. Rumor was that Naomie Harris would play Miss Moneypenny, M's secretary, and although her character is described as Eve, a "field agent," rumor has it she could transform into Moneypenny later on. Berenice Marlohe was announced earlier as the main Bond girl, named Severin.

Slideshow: Bond girls, then and now (on this page)

Sam Mendes will direct the film, having chosen that over "The Hunger Games." South Africa and India were apparently scouted for shooting possibilities, but it's unclear whether that happened. Wikipedia says that Istanbul, Scotland, and China will all be home to filming.

First photo from Bond film 'Skyfall' released

But my favorite part of this story is that Bond now has a Twitter account, @007. It would be awesome, wouldn't it, if the account actually took on Bond's wry persona? I mean, you've got a film with a character that well-known and that fleshed-out, wouldn't you want to capitalize on it and have some fun? Martini recipes, tips for baccarat, links to reviews of the latest Aston-Martin, musings on golf or scrambled eggs?

No such luck so far. Bond's tweets are informative, but blander than a British fry-up. Although he does relate that Mendes says the movie stands alone, not connecting with "Casino Royale" or "Quantum of Solace." He tweets the plot synopsis as follows: "Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 008 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost."

The more M the better, as far as I'm concerned. Thanks to MGM's financial troubles, fans have waited a long time for this one — by the time it comes out, it will have been four years since "Quantum of Solace." Start shaking the martinis and load the Walther PPK, the spy who loved you is on his way back.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com's movies editor.

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Photos: Bond through the ages

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  1. Sean Connery

    Villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) laughs as British agent James Bond (Sean Connery) lies strapped to a table beneath a laser weapon in a still from the 1964 film, "Goldfinger," directed by Guy Hamilton. Connery, best known to audiences around the world for his role as James Bond, appeared as Agent 007 in seven films, beginning with "Dr. No" in 1962, and concluding with "Never Say Never Again" in 1983. (United Artists via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. George Lazenby

    George Lazenby's first serious acting role was as James Bond in the film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). Lazenby was the second official actor to portray the British secret agent, following Sean Connery. In the 1970s, Lazenby became known for appearing in four Hong Kong martial arts films, which starred Bruce Lee. He was also one of the stars of "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977). (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Roger Moore

    As Bond, Roger Moore took on evil henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Moore played Bond from 1973 to 1985, beginning with the film, "Live and Let Die" and ending with "A View to a Kill." Before Bond, he was best known for his role as Simon Templar on the British TV series, "The Saint." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Timothy Dalton

    Timothy Dalton portrayed 007 opposite Maryam d'Abo in "The Living Daylights" (1987). This was one of two films in which Dalton played Bond, the other being, "License to Kill" (1989). (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan plays Bond opposite Halle Berry as Jinx in "Die Another Day" (2002). Brosnan was originally considered for Dalton's role in "The Living Daylights," but had to turn it down because of his commitment to the TV series, "Remington Steele." He played Bond from 1995 to 2002, beginning with the film "GoldenEye" and ending with "Die Another Day." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig made his 007 debut in the 2006 film "Casino Royale." With his blond hair, petite stature (at 5-foot-11, he's the shortest actor to portray Bond) and Steve McQueen-type looks, he was a controversial choice for Bond, even inspiring anti-Craig Web sites. Before Bond, Craig was known for his edgy, independent choices in films like "Layer Cake," "Sylvia" and "Enduring Love." (MGM via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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