Bond 22 Less Serious, More Comedic; Bond 23 Set for 2010

In other words: less Connery, more Moore.

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After the overtly gritty and serious Casino Royale, I personally predicted that after a few dark Bond movies they'd try to pump in goofy humor again.  Turns out they are, and could actually start as early as the next Bond.

"[The producers] just want more gags," Daniel Craig tells The Daily Express, "The next one?s going to be a lot funnier. Octopussy and Pussy Galore-style gags. They?re all great names -- but that?s the thing, the Bond jokes will be flipped on their heads."

And Craig is more than willing to show a softer side to the modern Bond.

"Bond is supposedly the most male moment [in film] but to me he?s never been macho. That Bond is something that Sean Connery created in Dr. No," Craig says. "[But] there?s no point in trying to compete with every Bond that came before. You manage to make it your own."

Bond 22, under the direction of Marc Forster, will begin shooting in December at Pinewood, U.K. and will be out sometime next year.  Meanwhile, Variety reports that Bond 23 is being prepped for a 2010 release date.

Source: The Daily Express, Variety