Bond 25: The Complete Dossier

February 28th, 2019Bond 25: The Complete Dossier

James Bond will return in 2020! The secret agent created by author Ian Fleming is one of the longest-running characters in movies; next year’s installment is BOND 25, and we can’t wait to see star Daniel Craig’s final outing as Britain’s superspy.

The story in BOND 25 is expected to pick up where 2015’s SPECTRE left off. The new movie will feature a number of important returning cast members alongside new talent and the first American director to ever make a BOND movie. Here’s everything we know about BOND 25.

When Does Bond 25 Come Out?

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Despite the fact that the new movie is — appropriately for the new adventure of a spy — shrouded in secrecy, we do know the release date. BOND 25 arrives in theatres on April 8, 2020.

BOND 25 will be distributed by MGM and Annapurna Pictures under their newly revived United Artists Releasing banner. United Artists actually backed the very first BOND movies, long before MGM was involved or Annapurna founder Megan Ellison was even born. The history of United Artists is far too long and detailed for us to go into here, but it is fascinating.

Does Bond 25 Have a Title?

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The movie probably does have a title, but it hasn’t been released to the public. So we don’t know the BOND 25 title just yet! Reports have said the film is code-named “Shatterhand,” but that doesn’t really tell us anything about the movie, and that will probably not be the final title.

BOND movie titles are typically announced with a big press conference in London as each movie gets close to production. Since BOND 25 is supposed to start shooting in April 2019 at Pinewood Studios outside London, we should know the real title soon. The end of March is a good window of time to highlight on your calendar. (And since James Bond announcements are timed for British press, they usually happen very late at night U.S. time.)

What About a Bond 25 Trailer?

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There’s not even a title! A short video announced the title of SPECTRE, and we might see the same sort of thing for BOND 25. Following that title treatment, we had to wait three months for the first proper SPECTRE teaser trailer — so the first BOND 25 trailer might not arrive until summer 2019.

Will Daniel Craig Play James Bond?

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Daniel Craig is indeed going to be fitted for suits and a tux in order to play the character one last time. This will probably be his last outing as 007, but we’ll hold off speculation about who might replace him until after this movie comes out.

So, an American Will Direct?

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Indeed! Cary Joji Fukunaga, who originally hails from California’s Bay Area, is the BOND 25 director. That’s a seriously exciting proposition. You probably know Fukunaga because he was the director on the entire first season of HBO’s “True Detective” — or because he made a brilliant movie version of JANE EYRE, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

Fukunaga also directed Idris Elba in BEASTS OF NO NATION. While we said we weren’t going to talk about possible successors for Daniel Craig, that does bring up an interesting point. Elba has been one of the most consistently rumored and/or demanded actors to play 007 after Craig hangs up his tux. Knowing that the current BOND director has a working relationship with Elba is … suggestive.

The Bond 25 Backstory

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Fukunaga was not the original director for the new movie. At one point, it looked like Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) would direct. He and screenwriter John Hodge departed over “creative differences,” leaving the gate open for Fukunaga to step in.

So, the film will be based on a script by long-time BOND writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who wrote the last six films in the series. Reports say that Paul Haggis, who contributed to the scripts for CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, also did some work on the screenplay. And Fukunaga is reportedly doing his own rewrite — which isn’t a surprise, as he has also had a hand in scripts for several of his films. It takes a lot of people to make a BOND movie!

What Is Bond 25 About?

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That is a very good question! In short: We don’t know. The only reliable thing is that there will be a villain — you’re surprised, right? Of course there’s a villain.

As far as we know, Christoph Waltz, who played the baddie in SPECTRE, will not be back. When Danny Boyle was set to direct, actor Saïd Taghmaoui (of WONDER WOMAN and “The Missing”) said he had been asked to play one of the film’s antagonists. With Boyle out of the picture, we don’t know if he remains part of the project. There was also talk of the new BOND 25 villain being played by Tomasz Kot, who is absolutely brilliant in COLD WAR — but nothing is confirmed.

The latest report says that Rami Malek, fresh from his Best Actor Oscar® win for BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, is close to a deal to play the main villain. The same reports say that producers want Billy Magnussen (GAME NIGHT) to play a CIA operative who factors into the story. And there are two big female roles yet to cast as well.

Who Sings the Bond 25 Theme Song?

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Now we’re getting to the important questions. John Barry’s instrumental James BOND theme is one of the most recognizable pieces of film music in the world, with its tremolo-picked guitar line that bounces along on a wave of reverb. No matter who writes the score, we’ll hear some version of that theme.

Theme songs for BOND films tend to reflect their era. Adele’s “Skyfall” is one of the best songs in the series; fans did not react as warmly to Sam Smith’s title tune for SPECTRE. For years, some have clamored for Beyonce to sing the new BOND theme, but only Queen Bey (and maybe Jay-Z) could say right now if she’s interested. Producers will always want to bring young audiences into the theatre, so we wouldn’t be shocked to see an artist like Ariana Grande being asked to sing the new BOND theme.

The Returning Cast

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A new James BOND movie means plenty of new faces — and also the return of some old favorites.

In addition to Daniel Craig, a few actors are coming back from previous movies. Léa Seydoux will return as her SPECTRE character, psychologist Madeleine Swann. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will get back into the MI6 offices to play M, Q and Moneypenny, respectively. Finally, Rory Kinnear is reportedly going to be seen again, as Bill Tanner.

There will be a lot more BOND 25 news this year — check back with the AMC® Scene for all of the details!

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