One of the longest-running franchises in cinematic history, famed spy 007 will return in the upcoming Bond 25. The film sees Daniel Craig (who has been in the role since 2006's Casino Royale) return to the fold. After the divisiveness of Spectre, many thought the series would enter a new era, but Craig is hoping to end his tenure on a high note with another exciting mission. Here's all you need to know about the sequel.
- James Bond 25
- Release Date: November 9, 2019
- Cast: Daniel Craig
- Director: Danny Boyle
- Writer: John Hodge
13 Daniel Craig Plays James Bond For the Final Time
After Spectre, it looked like Craig's tenure as 007 was over. Not only did the film's ending send the spy literally riding off with his love, Craig himself seemed over the franchise. He was particularly prickly during Spectre promotion, at one point saying he'd rather slit his wrists than portray the character again. However, he later changed his tune and signed on for one more mission, saying he wants to conclude his time as Bond on a high note with Bond 25.
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12 No Bond 25 Supporting Cast Is Confirmed
Several of Bond's MI6 allies from Skyfall, including Ralph Fiennes' M, Naomi Harris' Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Wishaw's Q returned for Spectre. It's reasonable to assume they'll all be back for the next sequel, but nobody is officially signed on at this point in time. Presumably that will change soon, since Bond 25 needs to start filming soon to make its release date.
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11 Christoph Waltz Won't Play Blofeld In Bond 25
Two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz was cast as Spectre's main villain, revealed to be famed Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld. In the film, he also went by the name Franz Oberhauser and was Bond's foster brother. Blofeld was left alive at the end of Spectre, seemingly as a way to carry him over into a sequel. However, Waltz has gone on record to say while he would have liked to come back, he will not be returning to the franchise.
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10 Helena Bonham Carter is Rumored For Bond 25 Villain
Bond villains are cinematic legend at this point, so there's always much interest in who will torment 007 next. With Waltz out of the picture, that distinction could fall to Helena Bonham Carter, who is reportedly at the top of the producers' list for the antagonist. Carter has played a wide range of characters throughout her career, so she would be a strong fit.
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9 Bond 25 Does Not Have An Official Title
As many fans know by now, Bond 25 is merely a placeholder for the film's official name, which will be revealed at some point in the future. One of the bigger rumors about the film indicates it will be called Shatterhand and draw inspiration from the novel Never Dream of Dying by Raymond Benson. The plans for Bond 25 seem to have changed since that speculation came out, so viewers shouldn't read too much into that right now, however.
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8 Beyonce May Record Bond 25 Theme Song
One of the franchise's most noteworthy trademarks is the song that plays over the stylized opening credits sequence. Every film sees a different artist lend their talents - to varying degrees of success. Bond 25 might bring out the big guns by recruiting none other than Beyonce to sing the tune. Arguably, Adele's "Skyfall" is the bar for themes in the Craig era, so it'll be interesting to see if Beyonce (or whoever takes the job) can try to match the Oscar winning number.
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7 Bond 25's Distribution Rights
When Craig first took on the role in 2006's Casino Royale, it marked the beginning of MGM's partnership with Sony, who distributed the films worldwide. That contract was for four films, meaning it expired with the release of Spectre. Hollywood became embroiled in an intense bidding war for the Bond rights, with several major studios vying for the tentpole. In the end, it was indie upstart Annapurna Pictures that landed the domestic rights, with Universal securing international. Bond is one of the biggest properties worldwide, so there's lots of money to be made here.
6 Danny Boyle Will Direct Bond 25
After Craig confirmed he'd return for Bond 25, the biggest question became who would call the shots on the film. Several directors have been rumored at certain points in time, with Denis Villeneuve one of the biggest names who eventually passed on the project. Danny Boyle, who worked with Craig on a Bond-themed segment for the 2012 London Olympics, scored the job. He had been developing his own Bond film separate from the one being written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and that obviously won out.
5 John Hodge Will Write Boyle's Bond 25
Originally, veteran Bond scribes Purvis & Wade, who date back to the Pierce Brosnan era, were in place to write Bond 25. However, there's been a change of plans in the department. With Boyle calling the shots, he's bringing with him his Trainspotting writer John Hodge. This marks the first time since Tomorrow Never Dies that Purvis & Wade are not involved on a Bond picture.
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4 Bond 25 Begins Filming December 2018
With a planned November 2019 release date, the expectation is for Bond 25 to be in production later in 2018. This would give the creative team plenty of time to complete the project ahead of its premiere. For comparison, Skyfall began filming in November 2011, and Spectre was in front of the cameras in December 2014. When Boyle was confirmed, it was said the cameras would start rolling in December.
3 Bond 25 Does Not Have a Trailer or Poster
Since the film hasn't started shooting yet, there are no marketing materials available. Odds are, nothing will come out until early 2019.
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