Producers on the James Bond movies are "panicked" about the delay to the 23rd movie.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson - who have worked on a number of the spy movies including 'Quantum of Solace' and 'Casino Royale' with Daniel Craig - are said to be worried about the length of delay in shooting the movie, which has been caused by finance problems at studio MGM.

An insider told The Hollywood Reporter: "They're completely panicked that if they go five, six years without a Bond movie, it'll be over. They don't want to kill the golden goose."

Recently, former Bond screenwriter Bruce Feirstein, who worked on new 007 video game 'Blood Stone', revealed he was not concerned about the future of the spy franchise.

He said: "I'm not worried about 007. "There's a line at the end of every movie which we used in the video game: It's that James Bond will return... It's been true for 50 years. A hiccup like what's going on at MGM is not going to change that."