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Daniel Craig as James BondJust when it seemed like the series had almost got back into its stride (by the casting of Daniel Craig, I mean, not the step backwards that was Quantum of Solace) it would appear that MGM, due to ongoing financial difficulties which have already suspended the highly anticipated The Hobbit, have killed the new Bond film stone dead.

Things looked promising for it too - scripted by Peter Morgan ('Frost/Nixon'), directed by Sam Mendes and possibly starring Rachel Weisz as the top villain, Bond 23 could have been a glorious new dawn for the world's favourite super spy.

As everyone seems to agree QoS didn't match the brooding majesty of Casino Royale (which had stomped all over the gaudy excess of Pierce Brosnan's later films), so a new Bond outing was definitely needed to bring the franchise back on target.

Read more about the end of Bond after the jump... Daniel Craig as James BondJust when it seemed like the series had almost got back into its stride (by the casting of Daniel Craig, I mean, not the step backwards that was Quantum of Solace) it would appear that MGM, due to ongoing financial difficulties which have already suspended the highly anticipated The Hobbit, have killed the new Bond film stone dead.

Things looked promising for it too - scripted by Peter Morgan ('Frost/Nixon'), directed by Sam Mendes and possibly starring Rachel Weisz as the top villain, Bond 23 could have been a glorious new dawn for the world's favourite super spy.

As everyone seems to agree QoS didn't match the brooding majesty of Casino Royale (which had stomped all over the gaudy excess of Pierce Brosnan's later films), so a new Bond outing was definitely needed to bring the franchise back on target.

So, the ramifications of this news are that we may never see Daniel Craig in the role again as he's 42 years old now and a new film could take years (not that age ever stopped Roger Moore and his girdle). That's a real shame because he managed to bring back a toughness to the character after years of arched eyebrows and bad chat up lines.

However, regardless of who would play a new Bond, the argument raging on the streets of the internet is concerned with whether the series should just finish here. Readers of The Guardian are certainly divided, with views ranging from 'The world will be a lesser place if they stop making them' to the forthright 'Kill him'.

So, what do you think? Do we need a new Bond or are you content with watching Bourne? Is it time to put the long-serving spy out to pasture or wait a few years and bring him back with a bang?