No new ‘Bond’ movie, but the game is afoot

James Bond 007: Blood StoneMGM may be too broke to put out a new James Bond movie, but that isn’t stopping the spy action franchise from infiltrating gaming consoles once again — and I’m not just talking about the new version of GoldenEye announced by Nintendo at E3.

On Friday Activision announced that James Bond 007: Blood Stone would be out for the holidays on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS and Windows PC platforms — and Grammy winning artist Joss Stone will create original music for the game and feature as the “Bond girl” to a virtual hero styled after and voiced by Daniel Craig, the most recent actor to play 007. Dame Judi Dench will also lend her voice talents in her role as spymaster M.

The game will be a third-person action-adventure spanning exotic locales on land and sea, with hand-to-hand combat, firefights, thrilling chases and multiplayer modes. It features an original story developed by legendary screenwriter Bruce Feirstein, whose credits include the scripts for Bond movies such as GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough.

“James Bond 007: Blood Stone captures the cinematic intensity of a Bond film by immersing players in an intriguing conspiracy that will require them to think and act like James Bond,” said David Pokress, head of marketing for licensed properties at Activision Publishing. “In addition, the game will feature a diverse array of multi-player modes and debut strategic objective-based gameplay that will allow Xbox 360, PS3 and PC players to battle as teams of spies and mercenaries through authentic Bond locales.”

The game features an exclusive music track, “I’ll Take It All,” written and performed by Stone and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

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