By Phil Contrino
In an official news release sent out this afternoon, Columbia Pictures and MGM revealed that the North American release date for the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, is being moved back one week to November 14.
“ Quantum of Solace is a seamless continuation of the storyline that began with the last film. We believe November 14th is a great date that allows us to play straight through Thanksgiving and right into Christmas. The Bond films have a long history of entertaining audiences in this holiday corridor going back to Goldeneye in 1995. The studio enjoyed tremendous success opening Casino Royale in North America on November 17, 2006, and we believe this decision will give the public a wider opportunity to see the film over the holiday," said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group, in the release.
The latest installment of the Bond franchise is directed by Marc Forster, whose varied career includes Monster's Ball, Stay and Stranger Than Fiction.
While Amy Winehouse was attached at one point to sing a new theme song for the film, she was ultimately replaced by the duo of Jack White and Alicia Keys.
This will be the second time that Daniel Craig fills Bond's shoes. The actor took over for Pierce Brosnan in 2006's Casino Royale, which grossed a staggering $588 million worldwide.
As confirmed by the release, moving Solace is a response to the decision Warner Bros. recently made to move Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 21st to July 2009. Two other films, Disney's Bolt and Summit's Twilight, jumped into the position left open by Half-Blood Prince.