The legendary 007 agent is ready to embark on his 25th mission in the series. Daniel Craig returning to portray the eponymous character in his fifth and final performance. Here's everything we know so far about Bond 25.
Nearly four years after the conclusion of SPECTRE, we’re heading into the 25th installment of the franchise with actor Daniel Craig returning to portray the eponymous character in his fifth and final performance.
When we last saw our hero, he squared off and eventually took down the evil organization of SPECTRE and made off with Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), to where, well that’s anybody’s guess.
But now Bond is back with its 25th iteration along with Craig, who is ready to don his formal chic attire one last time with fans even to this day speculating on who will play the title character after the next flick.
We’ll run through all the details about the upcoming film’s production, cast, title, and so on right here in this article and try to shed as much accurate light on it as we possibly can.
The set release date for Bond 25 is April 8th, 2020.
It was previously set to be released on November 2019, but because of the scuffle with the originally pitched director (which we’ve covered later on) for the movie, it was postponed by 4 months to February 14, 2020, before getting pushed back again.
Cary Joji Fukunaga (Beasts With No Nation) has taken the reigns to direct Bond 25. But he wasn’t the first choice.
In March 2018, Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Steve Jobs) was confirmed to be on board in directing the highly anticipated sequel to the long-running series. He was tasked to write a new story for the film alongside screenwriter John Hodge, who had collaborated with Boyle on his directional debut Shallow Grave. However, Boyle abandoned ship as director and co-writer in late August 2018 because of creative differences with Eon Productions, with Hodge who followed suit later on.
No one to this day knows exactly what those differences were about, but rumors have it that they were mostly over plot, casting, as well as themes.
Perhaps one of the more grueling differences between Boyle and Eon Productions was that the former wanted to “kill off” Daniel Craig’s Bond near the end of the film.
Finally, in September 2018, Cary Joji Fukunaga stepped in to take Boyle’s place as director for Bond 25, with production officially being underway starting from March 2019.
We thought it was Bond 25, but that is actually only tentative for the moment.
As of now, Eon Productions, the British film production company responsible for the Bond films, has yet to confirm the official title of the 25th film.
At first, the working title, as reported by Production Weekly, was Shatterhand. Many thought that this would be the title since it is named after the alias of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a Bond villain from Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel 'You Only Live Twice'.
But producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed that Shatterhand is indeed, not the title of the film.
Recent reports appear to suggest that the new title for the film is Eclipse, but that has yet to be determined.
Daniel Craig is confirmed to be returning as Bond once initial rumors and doubts were dispelled.
SPECTRE Bond girl Léa Seydoux returns as Dr. Madeleine Swann who was last seen driving off with Bond in his Aston Martin DB5 after being rescued from the evil clutches of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Rumors at the moment suggest that Swann may have tied the knot with Bond in the latest film.
However, previous rumors seemingly indicated that she would have been killed off in the same manner as Bond’s wife Tracy in both the book and film titled On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Naomie Harris also makes a comeback as Bond ally and MI6 secretary, Eve Moneypenny.
Ben Whishaw is tinkering once again as Bond’s gadget guide Q in Bond 25.
The abrasive head of MI6, M will once more be played by esteemed Oscar-nominated British actor Ralph Fiennes.
Christoph Waltz who portrayed SPECTRE leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld is hinted by Fukunaga to be making his potential return after the character was arrested at the end of the last movie.
Lastly (for the moment), per Variety, Bond 25 film producers are in talks to cast recent Oscar winner Rami Malek as a new Bond baddie but will have to try and get him to work a more flexible schedule because of his Mr. Robot series.
It seems more and more likely to be the case, especially since a stuntman working on the movie, “accidentally” confirmed Malek’s involvement.
As far as the premise goes, nothing is set in stone.
There was one rumor for the film’s script in which Bond was to battle Russian forces, in order to reflect the real-world revival of the country as a powerful nation of the world.
There was also an early draft of the film’s script in which the film was rumored to start off with a retired Bond who was married to Swann until she is brutally killed and then embarks on a path of revenge, which was to mirror his previous wife Tracy (Diana Rigg) was killed in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
But would the story do a repeat of vengeance for the sake of a murdered love interest?
The previous working title Shatterhand sure seemed to indicate as such.
However, former Bourne writer Scott Z. Burns hopped on board to completely rewrite the movie for director Cary Fukunaga. So it looks like those rumored plotlines are as good as trash.