"Variety", a very reliable film news source, has just reported that the shooting of Bond 21 will commence in January 2005. According to the paper the movie is set for a Christmas time 2005 release. A few days ago the "Internet movie database" (imdb) reported November 25th 2005 as the release date for the 5th Pierce Brosnan outing. However, the imdb is fed by its users, so there is no guarantee for the reliability of the information.
According to "Variety" no director has been announced yet, but a story outline and a treatment of Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, the writers of "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day", were sent to producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.