If you’re a James Bond fanatic and want to see director Sam Mendes take on the character as soon as possible, start saving for a ticket to the United Kingdom. That’s because MGM and Sony Pictures have set a October 26, 2012 release for Bond 23 in the U.K., which is two weeks before America (November 9, 2012). Production on the 23rd installment is set to begin later this year. In case you missed our previous stories, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes have both been in talks with producers about taking on two separate roles, with Bardem being offered the villain. While I loved Casino Royale, I thought Quantum of Solace was a missed opportunity. However, Daniel Craig was great in both films and I can’t wait for the next installment.