The money woes and development hell cannot keep 007 down.

Earlier this month, James Bond got back on track when word hit that 'Bond 23' still had Sam Mendes gearing up to direct, and a not-so-far-off release date of Nov. 9, 2012. Since then, buzz has been on the rise, and just days after word hit that Judi Dench would be returning to the franchise, Deadline now reveals that Javier Bardem has been offered a starring role in the film last week. Not as Bond himself, of course. That honor still belongs to Daniel Craig, who's ready to tackle the shnazzy icon for the third time.

The offered role is being kept under wraps, but it's not too hard to guess.
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