has finally been given a green light after sitting in the freezer for the whole of 2010, which means things can finally start moving along on the troubled production.
With Daniel Craig confirmed to be returning as 007, and director Sam Mendes still onboard to oversee proceedings, it’s time to flesh out the rest of the cast and crew.
First on the list, naturally, is Dame Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M, who's already appeared in six Bond films starting with 1995's Goldeneye .
While out receiving an outstanding achievement award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the veteran actress has confirmed that she will be returning in the next film.
"My lips are sealed," she teased. "I can't tell you anything at all! Of course I'm looking forward hugely to working with Daniel again and with Sam, who I've only ever worked with in theatre.
"So that'll all be good fun to do. I'm so glad it's coming back, it's wonderful." Hear, hear.
Bond 23 opens on 9 November, 2012.